Fit The Sixth - The Barrister's Dream Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


They sought it with thimbles they sought it with careA
They pursued it with forks and hopeB
They threatened its life with a railway shareA
They charmed it with smiles and soapB
But the Barrister weary of proving in vainC
That the Beaver's lace making was wrongD
Fell asleep and in dreams saw the creature quite plainC
That his fancy had dwelt on so longD
He dreamed that he stood in a shadowy CourtE
Where the Snark with a glass in its eyeF
Dressed in gown bands and wig was defending a pigG
On the charge of deserting its styF
The Witnesses proved without error or flawH
That the sty was deserted when foundI
And the Judge kept explaining the state of the lawH
In a soft under current of soundI
The indictment had never been clearly expressedJ
And it seemed that the Snark had begunK
And had spoken three hours before any one guessedJ
What the pig was supposed to have doneK
The Jury had each formed a different viewL
Long before the indictment was readM
And they all spoke at once so that none of them knewL
One word that the others had saidM
You must know said the Judge but the Snark exclaimed FudgeN
That statute is obsolete quiteO
Let me tell you my friends the whole question dependsP
On an ancient manorial rightO
In the matter of Treason the pig would appearQ
To have aided but scarcely abettedR
While the charge of Insolvency fails it is clearQ
If you grant the plea 'never indebted'R
The fact of Desertion I will not disputeR
But its guilt as I trust is removedR
So far as relates to the costs of this suitR
By the Alibi which has been provedR
My poor client's fate now depends on your votesS
Here the speaker sat down in his placeT
And directed the Judge to refer to his notesS
And briefly to sum up the caseT
But the Judge said he never had summed up beforeU
So the Snark undertook it insteadR
And summed it so well that it came to far moreU
Than the Witnesses ever had saidR
When the verdict was called for the Jury declinedR
As the word was so puzzling to spellV
But they ventured to hope that the Snark wouldn't mindR
Undertaking that duty as wellV
So the Snark found the verdict although as it ownedR
It was spent with the toils of the dayR
When it said the word guilty the Jury all groanedR
And some of them fainted awayR
Then the Snark pronounced sentence the Judge being quiteR
Too nervous to utter a wordR
When it rose to its feet there was silence like nightR
And the fall of a pin might be heardR
Transportation for life was the sentence it gaveW
And then to be fined forty poundR
The Jury all cheered though the Judge said he fearedR
That the phrase was not legally soundR
But their wild exultation was suddenly checkedR
When the jailer informed them with tearsX
Such a sentence would not have the slightest effectR
As the pig had been dead for some yearsY
The Judge left the Court looking deeply disgustedR
But the Snark though a little aghastR
As the lawyer to whom the defence was intrustedR
Went bellowing on to the lastR
Thus the Barrister dreamed while the bellowing seemedR
To grow every moment more clearQ
Till he woke to the knell of a furious bellV
Which the Bellman rang close at his earZ

Lewis Carroll


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