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The Jabberwock

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.

With apologies to John Tenniel
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36 Replies to “The Jabberwock”

  1. thepsychobabble

    I’m so excited about the new Alice in Wonderland. It combines my favorite childhood story, my favorite director and my favorite free-fuck (you know, from the list of people your spouse can’t hold against you?). This movie, in theory, should be awesome.

  2. Mary

    So apparently this is D&D related? I only know because the fiance reading over my shoulder busted into nerd speak about some sword, axe, vorpel something! about rolling a 20… i dunno. Nerds πŸ™‚

    • Avitable

      @Mary, it’s not D&D related. It’s English literature related. This is a poem written by Lewis Carroll that’s used by English professors to teach about context, portmanteau, and nonsense words.

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