'Tis the Voice of the Lobster by Lewis Carroll
"'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" is a poem by Carroll that appears in Chapter 10 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The poem is recited by Alice after the Mock Turtle sings to her. This poem is a parody of "The Sluggard", a moralistic poem by Isaac Watts.
This poem is made up of two stanzas with eight lines in each. It has the rhyme scheme of AABBCCDD.
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'Tis the Voice of the Lobster "'Tis the voice of the Lobster: I heard him declare 'You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.' As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes. When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark, And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark: But, when the tide rises and sharks are around, His voice has a timid and tremulous sound." "I passed by his garden, and marked, with one eye, How the Owl and the Panter were sharing a pie: The Panther took pie-crust, and gravy, and meat, While the Old had the dish as its share of the treat. When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon, Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon: While the Panther received knife and fork with a growl, And concluded the banquet by [eating the owl].
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