The Walrus and the Carpenter

Beer Poetry – “The Walrus and The Carpenter” ~ Lewis Carroll

(Excerpted from “The Walrus and The Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll)

Walrus-Carpenter3– Walrus, Carpenter, …

…and, I might add – the oysters too!

The Walrus and The Carpenter

‘A loaf of bread,’ the Walrus said,
‘Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed
— Now, if you’re ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed.’

‘But not on us!’ the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
‘After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!’
‘The night is fine,’ the Walrus said,
‘Do you admire the view?’

‘It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
‘Cut us another slice
– I wish you were not quite so deaf –
I’ve had to ask you twice!’

‘It seems a shame,’ the Walrus said,
‘To play them such a trick.
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!’
The Carpenter said nothing but
‘The butter’s spread too thick!’

‘I weep for you,’the Walrus said:
‘I deeply sympathize.
‘With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

‘O Oysters,’ said the Carpenter,
‘You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?’
But answer came there none
— And this was scarcely odd,
because They’d eaten every one.

~ Lewis Carroll

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The Walrus and the Carpenter

The full poem, “The Walrus and The Carpenter”, appeared in “Through the Looking-Glass”. It is recited by Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Alice in Chapter 4.

Read more about the fate of some oysters HERE.

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