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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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Double, double, toil and trouble,
Fire burn; and caldron bubble.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act IV. Scene 1. (All the Witches.)
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Double, double toil and trouble; literally, trouble brings trouble to trouble.
        Buckley’s Sophocles.—Ajax, Page 267.
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War he sung, is toil and trouble;
Honour but an empty bubble.
        Dryden.—Alexander’s Feast.
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