Thursday 23 May 2013

The Snark hunters preparations to hunt the Snark

The Snark hunters preparations to hunt the Snark, an illustration by JVL for 
Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, Artists' Choice Editions, 2006, page 31.

Here's the text:

 Then the Banker endorsed a blank check (which he crossed),
 And changed his loose silver for notes.
 The Baker with care combed his whiskers and hair,
 And shook the dust out of his coats.

The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade--
 Each working the grindstone in turn:
 But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed
 No interest in the concern:

Though the Barrister tried to appeal to its pride,
 And vainly proceeded to cite
 A number of cases, in which making laces
 Had been proved an infringement of right.

The maker of Bonnets ferociously planned
 A novel arrangement of bows:
 While the Billiard-marker with quivering hand
 Was chalking the tip of his nose.

But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
 With yellow kid gloves and a ruff--
 Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
 Which the Bellman declared was all "stuff."

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