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THE BELLMAN'S SPEECH.

By which you may know, wheresoever you go,

 The warranted genuine Snarks.


"Let us take them in order. The first is the taste,

 Which is meagre and hollow, but crisp:

Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist,

 With a flavour of Will-o-the-wisp.


"Its habit of getting up late you'll agree

 That it carries too far, when I say

That it frequently breakfasts at five-o'clock tea,

 And dines on the following day.


"The third is its slowness in taking a jest.

 Should you happen to venture on one,