Though with only one ship and one bell:

And one Against Damage From Hail.

There was only one Beaver on board;

Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.”

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

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

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

And his enemies “Toasted-cheese.”

And appeared unaccountably shy.

Conveyed in a separate ship:

A maker of Bonnets and Hoods..

Though he looked an incredible dunce:

Protested, with tears in its eyes,

Two excellent Policies, one Against Fire,

As he landed his crew with care;

And a Broker, to value their goods.

Though none of the sailors knew how.

He forgot when he entered the ship:

With his name painted clearly on each:

With an impudent wag of the head:

And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—

And was almost too frightened to speak:

The moment one looked in his face!

He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare

When the ship had been sailing a week,

This the Banker suggested, and offered for hire

Such a carriage, such ease and such grace!

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

And the clothes he had bought for the trip.

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

He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,

With the plans he had made for the trip:

So the Baker advised it— and next, to

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

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

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

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

There was one who was famed for the number of things

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

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