Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by
Lewis Carroll


with
Artwork
by
Charles Robinson


Contents

  1. Down the Rabbit-Hole
  2. The Pool of Tears
  3. A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
  4. The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
  5. Advice from a Caterpillar
  6. Pig and Pepper
  7. A Mad Tea-Party
  8. The Queen's Croquet-Ground
  9. The Mock Turtle's Story
  10. The Lobster Quadrille
  11. Who Stole the Tarts?
  12. Alice's Evidence

All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence

Our wanderings to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail

Against three tongues together?


Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict 'to begin it'—
In gentler tone Secunda hopes
'There will be nonsense in it!'—
While Tertia interrupts the tale

Not more than once a minute.

Anon, to sudden silence won,
In fancy they pursue
The dream-child moving through a land
Of wonders wild and new,
In friendly chat with bird or beast—

And half believe it true.

And ever, as the story drained
The wells of fancy dry.
And faintly strove that weary one
To put the subject by,
'The rest next time—' 'It is next time!'
The happy voices cry.

Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:
Thus slowly, one by one,
Its quaint events were hammered out—
And now the tale is done,
And home we steer, a merry crew,

Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story take,
And with a gentle hand
Lay it where Childhood's dreams are twined
In Memory's mystic band,
Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
Pluck'd in a far-off land.

also for tablet & screen: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll & John Tenniel