A LOBSTER QUADRILLE by LEWIS CARROLL

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Part of Carroll’s book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”

LOBSTER QUADRILLE

“Will you walk a little faster ?” said a whiting to a snail,
“There’s a porpoise close behind us, and he’s treading on my tail.

See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance !
They are waiting on the shingle-will you come and join the dance ?

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will
you join the dance ?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t
you join the dance ?

“You can really have no notion how delight-
ful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the
lobsters, out to sea!”

But the snail.replied, “Too far, too far!” and
gave a look askance–
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he
would not join the dance.

Would not, could not, would not, could not,
would not join the dance,
Would not, could not, would not, could not,
could not join the dance.

“What matters it how far we go ?” his scaly
friend replied,
“There is another shore, you know, upon the
other side.

The further off from England the nearer is to
France–
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.

Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, will
you join the dance ?
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t
you join the dance ?”

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