The Hunting Of The Snark

Illustrated children's book by Lewis Carroll - online version

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Then the Snark pronounced sentence, the Judge being quite
Too nervous to utter a word: When it rose to its feet, there was silence like night,
And the fall of a pin might be heard.
" Transportation for life " was the sentence it gave, "And then to be fined forty pound."
The Jury all cheered, though the Judge said he feared That the phrase was not legally sound.
But their wild exultation was suddenly checked When the jailer informed them, with tears,
Such a sentence would have not the slightest effect, As the pig had been dead for some years.