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THE HUNTING.

"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;

 To pursue it with forks and hope;

To threaten its life with a railway-share;

 To charm it with smiles and soap!


"For the Snark's a peculiar creature, that won't

 Be caught in a commonplace way.

Do all that you know, and try all that you don't:

 Not a chance must be wasted to-day!


"For England expects—I forbear to proceed:

 'Tis a maxim tremendous, but trite:

And you'd best be unpacking the things that you need

 To rig yourselves out for the fight."