Jabberwocky

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, has 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.

    Lewis Carroll, from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872.

Lewis Carroll Portrait Lewis Carroll, pseudonym of CHARLES LUTWIDGE DODGSON (b. Jan. 27, 1832, Daresbury, Cheshire, Eng.--d. Jan. 14, 1898, Guildford, Surrey), English logician, mathematician, photographer, and novelist, especially remembered for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass (1871). His poem The Hunting of the Snark (1876) is nonsense literature of the highest order.