From the Junkyard scene in the Sorceress P. 286 we find many amazing quotes glued together each worthy of their own disection:
“Boil and bubble, boil and bubble”
“First, let us have the serpent of the Nile. . . .”
“Snakes! Why are there always snakes?”
“. . . spotted snakes with double tongue . . . And now for some thorny hedgehogs, newts and blind worms . . .
“toads, ugly and venomous,”
“. . . and finally, screech owls . ..”
“Enough,”… “Enough?”… “Aye, ’tis done.”
“When shall we three meet again?”
“We only part to meet again” A poem called “Black-Eyed Susan”. By an English Dramatist whose name triggers the auto censor.
Most of these I am at least aware of their origin, but a little further research into the “Serpent of the Nile” quote has led me to some interesting assessments. Now, I cannot say with full 100% confidence that I have even headed in the right direction for the origin of this quote, but I think that some of what I have uncovered is worth a look nonetheless. From Shakespeare’s play Antony and Cleopatra (Act 1 scene 5 lines 25-26 we find the line, “Where is my Serpent of Old Nile? For so he calls me now.” From both my Arden Shakespeares and Riverside Shakespeares as well as a few other spots I have found that Cleopatra is often compared to the goddess Isis, and Antony her Osiris. Each often representing the moon or “terrene” (earthly) moon and sun respectively, “Alack, our terrene moon is now eclips’d and it portends alone the fall of Antony (Act 3 Scene 13 lines 152-154).” Also there is this line I like, just because of this series, at the end of Antony and Cleopatra in which she requests the snake from the Clown, which reads, “I would not be the party that should desire to touch him, for his biting is immortal; those that do die of it do seldom or never recover (Act 5 scene 2 lines 245-58).” Just a few things I had fun finding, and thoughts I had.