Lewis Carroll
The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll

How doth the little crocodile Improve his shining tail, And pour the waters of the Nile On every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grin How neatly spreads his claws, ...

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A Strange Wild Song by Lewis Carroll

A Strange Wild Song by Lewis Carroll

He thought he saw an Elephant That practised on a fife: He looked again, and found it was A letter from his wife. 'At length I realize,' he said, 'The bitterness of life! ' ...

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My Fancy by Lewis Carroll

My Fancy by Lewis Carroll

I painted her a gushing thing,With years about a score;I little thought to find they wereA least a dozen more;My fancy gave her eyes of blue,A curly auburn head:I came to find the ...

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A Game Of Fives by Lewis Carroll

A Game Of Fives by Lewis Carroll

Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun. Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:Sitting down to lessons - no more ...

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Little Birds by Lewis Carroll

Little Birds by Lewis Carroll

Little Birds are diningWarily and well,Hid in mossy cell:Hid, I say, by waitersGorgeous in their gaiters -I've a Tale to tell.Little Birds are feedingJustices with jam,Rich in ...

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The Walrus And The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

The Walrus And The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll

The sun was shining on the sea,Shining with all his might:He did his very best to makeThe billows smooth and bright --And this was odd, because it wasThe middle of the night.The ...

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Acrostic by Lewis Carroll

Acrostic by Lewis Carroll

Little maidens, when you look On this little story-book, Reading with attentive eye Its enticing history, Never think that hours of play Are your only HOLIDAY, And that in a HOUSE ...

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Brother And Sister by Lewis Carroll

Brother And Sister by Lewis Carroll

"SISTER, sister, go to bed! Go and rest your weary head." Thus the prudent brother said. "Do you want a battered hide, Or scratches to your face applied?" Thus his sister calm ...

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Echoes by Lewis Carroll

Echoes by Lewis Carroll

Lady Clara Vere de VereWas eight years old, she said:Every ringlet, lightly shaken, ran itself in golden thread. She took her little porringer:Of me she shall not win renown:For ...

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A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

A Valentine by Lewis Carroll

Sent to a friend who had complained that I was glad enough to see him when he came, but didn't seem to miss him if he stayed away.And cannot pleasures, while they last,Be actual ...

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How Doth The Little Crocodile… by Lewis Carroll

How Doth The Little Crocodile… by Lewis Carroll

How doth the little crocodileImprove his shining tail,And pour the waters of the NileOn every golden scale! How cheerfully he seems to grinHow neatly spreads his claws,And ...

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A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll

A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll

A BOAT beneath a sunny sky, Lingering onward dreamily In an evening of July -- Children three that nestle near, Eager eye and willing ear, Pleased a simple tale to hear -- ...

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All In The Golden Afternoon by Lewis Carroll

All In The Golden Afternoon by Lewis Carroll

All in the golden afternoonFull leisurely we glide;For both our oars, with little skill,By little arms are plied,While little hands make vain pretenseOur wanderings to guide.Ah, ...

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The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

He thought he saw an Elephant,That practised on a fife:He looked again, and found it wasA letter from his wife.'At length I realise,' he said,The bitterness of Life!'He thought he ...

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Dreamland by Lewis Carroll

Dreamland by Lewis Carroll

When midnight mists are creeping,And all the land is sleeping,Around me tread the mighty dead,And slowly pass away.Lo, warriors, saints, and sages,From out the vanished ages,With ...

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The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll

The Hunting Of The Snark by Lewis Carroll

Fit the FirstTHE LANDING'Just the place for a Snark!' the Bellman cried,As he landed his crew with care;Supporting each man on the top of the tideBy a finger entwined in his ...

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Size And Tears by Lewis Carroll

Size And Tears by Lewis Carroll

When on the sandy shore I sit,Beside the salt sea-wave,And fall into a weeping fitBecause I dare not shave -A little whisper at my earEnquires the reason of my fear.I answer "If ...

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Four Riddles by Lewis Carroll

Four Riddles by Lewis Carroll

I There was an ancient City, stricken downWith a strange frenzy, and for many a dayThey paced from morn to eve the crowded town,And danced the night away. I asked the cause: the ...

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A Sea Dirge by Lewis Carroll

A Sea Dirge by Lewis Carroll

There are certain things - as, a spider, a ghost,The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three -That I hate, but the thing that I hate the mostIs a thing they call the Sea. Pour ...

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The Sea by Lewis Carroll

The Sea by Lewis Carroll

There are certain things -a spider, a ghost,The income-tax, gout, an umbrella for three - That I hate, but the thing that I hate the mostIs a thing they call the SEA.Pour some ...

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Lays Of Sorrow by Lewis Carroll

Lays Of Sorrow by Lewis Carroll

The day was wet, the rain fell souseLike jars of strawberry jam, asound was heard in the old henhouse,A beating of a hammer. Of stalwart form, and visage warm,Two youths were ...

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Alice And The White Knight by Lewis Carroll

Alice And The White Knight by Lewis Carroll

Alice was walking beside the White Knight in Looking Glass Land.'You are sad.' the Knight said in an anxious tone: 'let me sing you a song to comfort you.''Is it very long?' Alice ...

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Epilogue To Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Epilogue To Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

A boat, beneath a sunny skyLingering onward dreamilyIn an evening of July --Children three that nestle near,Eager eye and willing earPleased a simple tale to hear --Long has paled ...

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat! by Lewis Carroll

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat! by Lewis Carroll

" -- -- 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?" ...

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Atalanta In Camden -Town by Lewis Carroll

Atalanta In Camden -Town by Lewis Carroll

AY, 'twas here, on this spot,In that summer of yore,Atalanta did notVote my presence a bore,Nor reply to my tenderest talk "She hadheard all that nonsense before." She'd the ...

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You Are Old Father William by Lewis Carroll

You Are Old Father William by Lewis Carroll

"You are old, father William," the young man said,"And your hair has become very white;And yet you incessantly stand on your head --Do you think, at your age, it is right?"In my ...

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My Fairy by Lewis Carroll

My Fairy by Lewis Carroll

I have a fairy by my side Which says I must not sleep, When once in pain I loudly cried It said "You must not weep" If, full of mirth, I smile and grin, It says "You must not ...

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The Voice Of The Lobster by Lewis Carroll

The Voice Of The Lobster by Lewis Carroll

''Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare'You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.'As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his noseTrims his belt and his ...

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Another Acrostic ( In The Style Of Father William ) by Lewis Carroll

Another Acrostic ( In The Style Of Father William ) by Lewis Carroll

"Are you deaf, Father William!" the young man said, "Did you hear what I told you just now? "Excuse me for shouting! Don't waggle your head "Like a blundering, sleepy old cow! "A ...

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Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur by Lewis Carroll

Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur by Lewis Carroll

"How shall I be a poet?How shall I write in rhyme?You told me once 'the very wishPartook of the sublime.'The tell me how! Don't put me offWith your 'another time'!"The old man ...

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Punctuality by Lewis Carroll

Punctuality by Lewis Carroll

Man Naturally loves delay,And to procrastinate;Business put off from day to dayIs always done to late.Let ever hour be in its placeFirm fixed, nor loosely shift,And well enjoy the ...

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Fame’s Penny-Trumpet by Lewis Carroll

Fame’s Penny-Trumpet by Lewis Carroll

Blow, blow your trumpets till they crack,Ye little men of little souls!And bid them huddle at your back -Gold-sucking leeches, shoals on shoals! Fill all the air with hungry wails ...

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Dedication by Lewis Carroll

Dedication by Lewis Carroll

Inscribed to a Dear Child:In Memory of Golden Summer HoursAnd Whispers of a Summer Sea Girt with a boyish garb for boyish task,Eager she wields her spade: yet loves as wellRest on ...

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Fit The Fifth ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

Fit The Fifth ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

The Beaver's Lesson They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it ...

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Father William by Lewis Carroll

Father William by Lewis Carroll

'You are old, father William,' the young man said,'And your hair has become very white;And yet you incessantly stand on your head -Do you think, at your age, it is right?''In my ...

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Prologue by Lewis Carroll

Prologue by Lewis Carroll

All in the golden afternoonFull leisurely we glide;For both our oars, with little skill,By little arms are plied,While little hands make vain pretenceOur wanderings to guide.Ah, ...

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Fit The First: ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

Fit The First: ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

The Landing "Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,As he landed his crew with care;Supporting each man on the top of the tideBy a finger entwined in his hair. "Just the ...

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Hiawatha’s Photographing by Lewis Carroll

Hiawatha’s Photographing by Lewis Carroll

From his shoulder HiawathaTook the camera of rosewood,Made of sliding, folding rosewood;Neatly put it all together.In its case it lay compactly,Folded into nearly nothing; But he ...

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She’s All My Fancy Painted Him by Lewis Carroll

She’s All My Fancy Painted Him by Lewis Carroll

She's all my fancy painted him (I make no idle boast); If he or you had lost a limb, Which would have suffered most? He said that you had been to her, And seen me here before; ...

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Life Is But A Dream by Lewis Carroll

Life Is But A Dream by Lewis Carroll

A boat, beneath a sunny skyLingering onward dreamilyIn an evening of JulyChildren three that nestle near,Eager eye and willing ear,Pleased a simple tale to hearLong has paled that ...

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Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid 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 ...

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Fit The Eighth (Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

Fit The Eighth (Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

The Vanishing They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with ...

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The Palace Of Humbug by Lewis Carroll

The Palace Of Humbug by Lewis Carroll

Lays of Mystery,Imagination, and Humor Number 1 I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls,And each damp thing that creeps and crawlsWent wobble-wobble on the walls. Faint odours of ...

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Fit The Second ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

Fit The Second ( Hunting Of The Snark ) by Lewis Carroll

The Bellman's Speech The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies--Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise,The moment one ...

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Phantasmagoria Canto Iii ( Scarmoges ) by Lewis Carroll

Phantasmagoria Canto Iii ( Scarmoges ) by Lewis Carroll

"AND did you really walk," said I,"On such a wretched night?I always fancied Ghosts could fly -If not exactly in the sky,Yet at a fairish height." "It's very well," said he, "for ...

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Madrigal by Lewis Carroll

Madrigal by Lewis Carroll

(To Miss May Forshall.) HE shouts amain, he shouts again, (Her brother, fierce, as bluff King Hal), "I tell you flat, I shall do that!" She softly whispers " 'May' for 'shall'!" ...

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Phantasmagoria Canto Ii ( Hys Fyve Rules ) by Lewis Carroll

Phantasmagoria Canto Ii ( Hys Fyve Rules ) by Lewis Carroll

"MY First - but don't suppose," he said,"I'm setting you a riddle -Is - if your Victim be in bed,Don't touch the curtains at his head,But take them in the middle, "And wave them ...

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The Aged Aged Man by Lewis Carroll

The Aged Aged Man by Lewis Carroll

I'll tell thee everything I can;There's little to relate.I saw an aged aged man,A-sitting on a gate."Who are you, aged man?" I said,"And how is it you live?"And his answer ...

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Melancholetta by Lewis Carroll

Melancholetta by Lewis Carroll

With saddest music all day longShe soothed her secret sorrow:At night she sighed "I fear 'twas wrongSuch cheerful words to borrow.Dearest, a sweeter, sadder songI'll sing to thee ...

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Bessie’s Song To Her Doll by Lewis Carroll

Bessie’s Song To Her Doll by Lewis Carroll

Matilda Jane, you never lookAt any toy or picture-book.I show you pretty things in vainYou must be blind, Matilda Jane!I ask you riddles, tell you tales,But all our conversation ...

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