Saturday, November 03, 2007

IF 2 - Hats

The Quangle Wangle's Hat
I
On the top of the Crumpetty Tree
The Quangle Wangle sat,
But his face you could not see,
On account of his Beaver Hat.
For his Hat was a hundred and two feet wide,
With ribbons and bibbons on every side
And bells, and buttons, and loops, and lace,
So that nobody every could see the face
Of the Quangle Wangle Quee.

II
The Quangle Wangle said
To himself on the Crumpetty Tree,
Jam; and jelly; and bread;
Are the best of food for me
But the longer I live on this Crumpetty Tree
The plainer than ever it seems to me
That very few people come this way
And that life on the whole is far from gay!
Said the Quangle Wangle Quee.

III
But there came to the Crumpetty Tree
Mr. and Mrs. Canary;And they said, --
Did every you see
Any spot so charmingly airy?

May we build a nest on your lovely Hat?
Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that!
O please let us come and build a nest
Of whatever material suits you best,
Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee!"

IV.
And besides, to the Crumpetty Tree
Came the Stork, the Duck, and the Owl
The Snail, and the Bumble-Bee,
The Frog, and the Fimble Fowl;
The Fimble Fowl, with a corkscrew leg;)
And all of them said, -- We humbly beg,
We may build out homes on your lovely Hat,
Mr. Quangle Wangle, grant us that
Mr. Quangle Wangle Quee!"



V

And the Golden Grouse came there
And the Pobble who has no toes,
And the small Olympian bear, --
And the Dong with a luminous nose
And the Blue Baboon, who played the Flute,
And the Orient Calf from the Land of Tute,
And the Attery Squash, and the Bisky Bat,
All came and built on the lovely Hat
Of the Quangle Wangle Quee

VI.And the Quangle Wangle said
To himself on the Crumpetty Tree,
"When all these creatures move
What a wonderful noise there'll be
And at night by the light of the Mulberry moon
They danced to the Flute of the Blue Baboon
On the broad green leaves of the Crumpetty Tree
And all were as happy as happy could be
With the Quangle Wangle Quee.
Edward Lear

3 comments:

Maxi said...

I am so glad you posted at Everyday matters - this is also very beautiful - your whole blog is a treat! You've now been added to my favorites!

Craig Lamberton said...

fantastic verse, and the illustration has an original feel to it too.. great post..

thanks for dropping by my blog

studio lolo said...

What a fun poem with such nonsensical words! The illo is a perfect match.