"Off with her head!" Head, heal, teal, tell, tall, tail... "Mine is a long and a sad tale!" "It is a long tail, certainly, but why do you call it sad?" Turn witch into fairy. Witch, winch, wench, tench, tenth, tents, tints, tilts, tills, fills, falls, fails, fairs, fairy! Fury said to a mouse, That he met in the house, "Let us both go to law: I will prosecute you. -- Come, I'll take no denial; We must have a trial: For really this morning I've nothing to do." Furies, buries, buried, burked, barked, barred, barrel... Said the mouse to the cur, "Such a trial, dear Sir, With no jury or judge, would be wasting our breath." "I'll be judge, I'll be jury," Said cunning old Fury: "I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death." Quilt, guilt, guile, guide, glide, slide, slice, spice, spine, spins, shins, shies, shier, sheer, sheet...
Note: this text contains fragments from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland  and Lewis Carroll's papers , published posthumously in The Lewis Carroll Picture Book, ed. by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, Unwin, London, 1899, chapter 6, "Games and Puzzles", called "Doublets" also "Word-Links". Line 1 comes from chapter 8 of ; Line 2 comes from p. 279 of ; lines 3-5 come from chapter 3 of ; lines 6-8 come from pages 285-286 of ; lines 9-16 come from chapter 3 of ; line 17 comes from pages 285-286 of ; lines 18-25 come from chapter 3 of ; and lines 26-27 come from pages 285-286 of .
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- a text in English by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898), as Lewis Carroll, no title, appears in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, London, Macmillan; chapter 3, first published 1865
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- by György Ligeti (1923 - 2006), "A Long, Sad Tale", 1988-1993, from Nonsense Madrigals, no. 8. [ sung text checked 1 time]
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