Alice in Wonderland Draft


We lived beneath the mat,
Warm and snug and fat.
But one woe, and that
Was the cat!

To our joys a clog.
In our eyes a fog.
On our hearts a log
Was the dog!

When the cat's away,
Then the mice will play.
But alas! one day;
(So, they say)

Came the dog and cat
Hunting for a rat,
Crushed the mice all flat,
Each one as he sat,
Underneath the mat,
Warm and snug and fat.
Think of that! "

-- Lewis Carroll, draft manuscript of Alice in Wonderland.