Friday, March 20, 2009

Aimless Reading: The C's, Part 8 (Lewis Carroll)

Carroll, Lewis
The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll


The place that I purchased this book a decade ago in Buffalo no longer exists. It was one of those places that I am not sure ever existed. On Main St., which ten years ago was mostly abandoned (still is, but has some life coming back to it in places), there used to be this big empty warehouse type of building. Inside there was an almost completely invisible antique store that had piles of books and records that sold for a dollar. I think I only went there once. It was gone the next time I passed it, and remained empty until a year or two ago, when a Budget Truck rental franchise opened up.

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 awhile 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!
O 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.

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