Phantasmagoria and Other Poems/Ye Carpette Knyghte

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Phantasmagoria and Other Poems by Lewis Carroll
Ye Carpette Knyghte

Ye Carpette Knyghte


I have a horse—a ryghte good horse—
 Ne doe Y envye those
Who scoure ye playne yn headye course,
 Tyll soddayne on theyre nose
They lyghte wyth unexpected force
 Yt ys—a horse of clothes.

I have a saddel—"Say'st thou soe?
 Wyth styrruppes, Knyghte, to boote?"
I sayde not that—answere "Noe"—
 Yt lacketh such, I woot—
Yt ys a mutton-saddel, loe!
 Parte of ye fleecye brute.

I have a bytte—a ryghte good bytte—
 As shall bee seene yn tyme.
Ye jawe of horse yt wyll not fytte;
 Yts use ys more sublyme.
Fayre Syr, how deemest thou of yt?
 Yt ys—thys bytte of rhyme.