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THE LANDING.

He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,

 Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"

To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"

 But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"


While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,

 He had different names from these:

His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"

 And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."


"His form is ungainly—his intellect small—"

 (So the Bellman would often remark)

"But his courage is perfect! And that, after all,

 Is the thing that one needs with a Snark."