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There was an Old Man in a boat,
When they said, “No, you ain't!”
He was ready to faint,
There was an Old Man with a poker,
When they said, “You're a Guy!"
He made no reply,
There was an Old Man who said, “Hush!
When they said, “Is it small?"
He replied, “Not at all!
Edward Lear (1812-1888)
THE TURTLE AND FLAMINGO
A LIVELY young turtle lived down by the banks
Spake the turtle in tones like a delicate wheeze:
To be sure I'm a turtle, and you are a belle,
You turtle-absorbing flamingo!
James Thomas Fields (1816-1881]
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought.So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)
THE GARDENER'S SONG
From "Sylvie and Bruno "
He thought he saw an Elephant,
That practised on a fife:
A letter from his wife.
“The bitterness of life!"
The Gardener's Song
He thought he saw a Buffalo
Upon the chimney-piece:
His Sister's Husband's Niece.
"I'll send for the Police!”
He thought he saw a Rattlesnake
That questioned him in Greek: He looked again, and found it was
The Middle of Next Week. "The one thing I regret,” he said,
“Is that it cannot speak!”
He thought he saw a Banker's Clerk
Descending from the 'bus:
“There won't be much for us!"
He thought he saw a Coach-and-Four
That stood beside his bed:
A Bear without a Head.
It's waiting to be fed!”
He thought he saw an Albatross
That fluttered round the lamp: He looked again, and found it was
A Penny-Postage-Stamp. "You'd best be getting home,” he said:
“The nights are very damp!”