Tea tray in the sky, an illustration by John Vernon Lord in Lewis Carroll's
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Artists' Choice Editions, 2009.
The Hatter shook his head mournfully. 'Not I!' he replied. 'We
quarrelled last March -- just before HE went mad, you know -- '
(pointing with his tea spoon at the March Hare,) ' -- it was at the
great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing
"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what
you're at!" You know the song, perhaps?'
'I've heard something like it,' said Alice.
'It goes on, you know,' the Hatter continued, 'in this way: --
"Up above the world you fly, Like a tea-tray in the
sky. Twinkle, twinkle -- "' Here the Dormouse shook
itself, and began singing in its sleep 'Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle,
twinkle -- ' and went on so long that they had to pinch it to make it
'Well, I'd hardly finished the first verse,' said the Hatter, 'when the
Queen jumped up and bawled out, "He's murdering the time! Off
with his head!"'