Sunday, 15 December 2013

The Butcher and the Beaver become close friends

The Butcher and the Beaver become close friends, an illustration in 
Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, Artits' Choice Editions, 2006.

The Text:

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;
 In winter or summer, 'twas always the same--
 You could never meet either alone.

And when quarrels arose--as one frequently finds
 Quarrels will, spite of every endeavor--
 The song of the Jubjub recurred to their minds,
 And cemented their friendship for ever!