THE WALRUS AND THE CARPENTER
Reader 1 The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might.
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright,
All And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.
Reader 2 The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done.
All "It's very rude of him," she said,
To come and spoil the fun!"
Reader 3 The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky.
All No birds were flying overhead -
There were no birds to fly.
Reader 4 The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand.
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand.
All "If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"
Reader 5 "If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year,
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
All "I doubt it," said the Carpenter
And shed a bitter tear.
Reader 6 “O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant talk, a pleasant walk
Along the briny beach.
All We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."
Reader 7 The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said.
The eldest Oyster winked his eye
And shook his heavy head,
All Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.
Reader 8 But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat.
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat,
All And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.
Reader 9 Four other Oysters followed them
And yet another four,
And thick and fast they came at last
And more, and more, and more,
All All hopping through the frothy waves
And scrambling to the shore.
Reader 10 The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
All And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.
Reader 11 "The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things,
Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax,
Of cabbages and kings
All And why the sea is boiling hot
And whether pigs have wings."
Reader 12 "But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat,
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
All "No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
Reader 13 "A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need.
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed.
All Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."
Reader 14 "But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
All "The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?”
Reader 15 "It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice.
All I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"
Reader 16 "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!"
All The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"
Reader 17 "I weep for
you," the Walrus said,
"I deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
All Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.
Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
All And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
Beseech – beg
Billows – great waves
Briny - salty