The Sunday Posts 2012/Jabberwocky



Jabberwocky

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
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 a while 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!
Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll
Photo by Alistair.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Like this one and the quirky language!! TLG
Why thank you gorgeous. XXX
Antares Cryptos said…
One of my favorites.
Rebecca S. said…
I loved reading this one to my children when they were small. We had a book with illustrations from the original Disney cartoon.
"The vorpal blade went snicker-snack" - my favourite nonsensical bit.
Reading this really makes me want to say it out loud - all those fantastic sounds and words.

Better not read it in public then Alistair.......
Rebecca S. said…
Read it to Jess?

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