Hush‑a‑by lady, in Alice's lap!
Hush-a-by lady, in Alice's lap!
Till the feast's ready, we've time for a nap:
When the feast's over, we'll go to the ball --
Red Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all!
To the Looking-Glass [world]1 it was Alice that said,
"I've a sceptre in [hand]2, I've a crown on my head;
Let the Looking-Glass creatures, whatever they be,
Come and dine with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me.
Then fill up the glasses as quick as you can,
And sprinkle the table with buttons and bran:
Put cats in the coffee, and mice in the tea --
And welcome Queen Alice with thirty-times-three!
"O Looking-Glass creatures," quothe Alice, "draw near!
'Tis and honour to see me, a favour to hear:
'Tis a privilege high to have dinner and tea
Along with the Red Queen, the White Queen, and me!"
Then fill up the glasses with treacle and ink,
Or anything else that is pleasant to drink:
Mix sand with the cider, and wool with the wine --
And welcome Queen Alice with ninety-times-nine!3
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Note: this is a parody of "Bonny Dundee", a song from The Doom of Devorgoil by Sir Walter Scott
1 Bachlund: "creatures"
2 Bachlund: "my hand"
3 Bachlund adds an extra line here: "Thirty-times-three and ninety-times-nine!"
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