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THE LANDING.

He would joke with hyænas, returning their stare

 With an impudent wag of the head:

And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,

 "Just to keep up its spirits," he said.


He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late—

 And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—

He could only bake Bridecake—for which, I may state,

 No materials were to be had.


The last of the crew needs especial remark,

 Though he looked an incredible dunce:

He had just one idea—but, that one being "Snark,"

 The good Bellman engaged him at once.