And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—

And had often (the Bellman said) saved them from wreck,

And the clothes he had bought for the trip.

The Bellman himself they all praised to the skies—

“Just the place for a Snark!” the Bellman cried,

(So the Bellman would often remark)

The good Bellman engaged him at once.

But the Bellman declared that would never agree

This the Banker suggested, and offered for hire

He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,

So the Baker advised it— and next, to

Fit the First: The Landing.

Fit the Second : The Bellman’s speech

The Beaver kept looking the opposite way,

The last of the crew needs especial remark,

The Beaver, who happened to hear the remark,

That not even the rapture of hunting the Snark

With the plans he had made for the trip:

Supporting each man on the top of the tide

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK by Lewis Carroll, depicted by @fluaten

And his enemies “Toasted-cheese.”

And appeared unaccountably shy.

Whenever the Butcher was by,

That alone should encourage the crew.

Without the least vestige of land:

A maker of Bonnets and Hoods..

And one Against Damage From Hail.

Though none of the sailors knew how.

He forgot when he entered the ship:

With an impudent wag of the head:

The moment one looked in his face!

And a Broker, to value their goods.

And was almost too frightened to speak:

Or would sit making lace in the bow:

But, since he omitted to mention the fact,

They were all left behind on the beach.

The loss of his clothes hardly mattered, because

When the ship had been sailing a week,

It strongly advised that the Butcher should be

Though with only one ship and one bell:

Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!

The crew was complete: it included a Boots..

Had the whole of their cash in his care.

Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.”

The Beaver’s best course was, no doubt, to procure

He had bought a large map representing the sea,

His umbrella, his watch, all his jewels and rings,

There was also a Beaver, that paced on the deck,

“But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,

And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,

And he feared he must really decline, for his part,

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

There was one who was famed for the number of things

With three pairs of boots; but the worst of it was,

And that was a tame one he had of his own,

“Just the place for a Snark!” I have said it twice:

And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.
"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators,
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?"

So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply
"They are merely conventional signs!
"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank:

(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best..
A perfect and absolute blank!"
This was charming, no doubt; but they shortly found out
That the Captain they trusted so well

Had only one notion for crossing the ocean,
And that was to tingle his bell.
He was thoughtful and grave..but the orders he gave
Were enough to bewilder a crew.

When he cried "Steer to starboard, but keep her head larboard!"
What on earth was the helmsman to do?
Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes:
A thing, as the Bellman remarked,

That frequently happens in tropical climes,
When a vessel is, so to speak, "snarked."
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,
And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,

Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due East,
That the ship would not travel due West!
But the danger was past..they had landed at last,
With their boxes, portmanteaus, and bags:

Yet at first sight the crew were not pleased with the view,
Which consisted to chasms and crags.
The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,
And repeated in musical tone

Lewis Carroll