THE WHITE RABBIT'S VERSES
by: Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
- HEY told
me you had been to her,
- And mentioned me to him;
- She gave me a good character,
- But said I could not swim.
- He sent them word I had not gone.
- (We know it to be true.)
- If she should push the matter on,
- What would become of you?
- I gave her one, they gave him two,
- You gave us three or more;
- They all returned from him to you,
- Though they were mine before.
- If I or she should chance to be
- Involved in this affair,
- He trusts to you to set them free,
- Exactly as we were.
- My notion was that you had been
- (Before she had this fit)
- An obstacle that came between
- Him and ourselves and it.
- Don't let him know she liked them best,
- For this must ever be
- A secret, kept from all the rest,
- Between yourself and me.
POEMS BY LEWIS CARROLL
"The White Rabbit's Verses"
is reprinted from The Hunting of the Snark and Other Poems
and Verses. Lewis Carroll. New York: Harper & Brothers,