Monday, 2 December 2013

The rousing of the Baker by the Snark Hunters

The rousing of the Baker by the Snark Hunters, an illustration by JVL in Lewis Carroll's 
The Hunting of the Snark, Artists' Choice Editions, 2006.

The text:

Fit the Third - The Baker's Tale

They roused him with muffins--they roused him with ice--
 They roused him with mustard and cress--
 They roused him with jam and judicious advice--
 They set him conundrums to guess.

When at length he sat up and was able to speak,
 His sad story he offered to tell;
 And the Bellman cried "Silence! Not even a shriek!"
 And excitedly tingled his bell.

There was silence supreme! Not a shriek, not a scream,
 Scarcely even a howl or a groan,
 As the man they called "Ho!" told his story of woe
 In an antediluvian tone.

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