The Hunting Of The Snark

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.
By which you may know, wheresoever you go, 'The warranted genuine Snarks.
" Let us take them in order. The first is the taste, Which is meagre and hollow, but crisp:
Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist, With a flavour of Will-o-the-wisp.
" Its habit of getting up late you'll agree That it carries too far, when 1 say
That it frequently breakfasts at five-o'clock tea, And dines on the following day.
" The third is its slowness in taking a jest. Should you happen to venture on one,