The Hunting Of The Snark

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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THE BEAVER'S LESSON.                           57
While the Beaver confessed, with affectionate looks
More eloquent even than tears, It had learned in ten minutes far more than all books
Would have taught it in seventy years.
They returned hand-in-hand, and the Bellman, unmanned
(For a moment) with noble emotion, Said " This amply repays all the wearisome days
We have spent on the billowy ocean ! "
Such friends, as the Beaver and Butcher became, Have seldom if ever been known ;