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THE HUNTING.

But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)

 That English is what you speak!"


"'Tis a pitiful tale," said the Bellman, whose face

 Had grown longer at every word:

"But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,

 More debate would be simply absurd.


"The rest of my speech" (he explained to his men)

 "You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.

But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!

 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!