TWEEDLEDUM AND TWEEDLEDEE. 71
' That they could get it clear ?' ' I doubt it,' said the Carpenter, And shed a bitter tear.
"' 0 Oysters, come and walk with us ! ' The Walrus did beseech. 'A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach : We cannot do with more than four, To give a hand to each.'
" The eldest Oyster looked at him, But never a word he said : The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head— Meaning to say he did not choose To leave the oyster-bed.
"But four young Oysters hurried up, All eager for the treat : Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat— And this was odd, because, you know, They hadn't any feet.
"Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four ; And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more— All hopping through the frothy waves, And scrambling to the shore-