Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Spelling Errors, Jabberwocky

Poor spelling is the bane of my life, it seems, but as always, Professor Howard Hoyt comes through. Once I got the correct spelling for Jabberwocky, I could actually look it up on line and it was so much fun reading it again after just listening to Kristanne recite it once again for me over the phone, that I decided to include it in today's blog. Our family has had a tradition of reciting poetry at Christmas, and Kristanne once chose to recite Jabberwocky which she does in triple time. She also does the Grecian Alphabet forward and backward in double time. Such talents the Matzek's have. Brings back a lot of fun memories. Doug reciting Ogden Nash's The Potato, Dad, performing perfectly from memory, The Creamation of Sam McGee, everyone singing Black Widow, yeah, yeah, yeah. Love you all.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

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