Jabberwocky - (Detail)

louisegreen

Lansdowne, Australia

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Calligraphy on vellum 1986
Pen & ink, Quillpen & Watercolour inks. Not for sale.
(Detail of Jabberwocky monster taken from original illustration in the book
“Through The Looking Glass”)
A long time favourite poem I have memorised since a child.

JABBERWOCKY

’Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought -
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre & gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll – “THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS”

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