Such solemnity, too! One could see he was wise,

There was one who was famed for the number of things

And was almost too frightened to speak:

There was only one Beaver on board;

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

Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!

Though with only one ship and one bell:

He had just one idea—but, that one being “Snark,”

Whenever the Butcher was by,

A Billiard-maker, whose skill was immense,

Could atone for that dismal surprise!

Navigation was always a difficult art,

Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire,

And one Against Damage From Hail.

The moment one looked in his face!

The crew was complete: it included a Boots..

Such as “Fry me!” or “Fritter my wig!”

Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.”

He could only bake Bridecake—for which, I may state,

He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,

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

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

He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late—

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

To “What you may call um!” or “What was his name!”

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