Beware the Jabberwock

The scene: a warm, dark autumn night. The full moon rising through the trees.

Last night it was warm enough to spend the evening on our porch with candles. The girls decided to give some recitations of songs and poems they've been learning at school. At the end, H recited this poem--perfect for a dark autumn night with large moths batting at the screens.



'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 hast 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.

E definitely needed a cuddly story at bedtime after that. Tomorrow, Michaelmas, they battle a big dragon.

heather –   – (September 26, 2007 at 12:47 PM)  

when my husband and i were dating, i asked him to read some poetry to me once. he chose this poem as it's one of his favorites. umm, not very romantic, but sweet that he played along anyway! ;)

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