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He had bought a large map representing the sea,
Without the least vestige of land :
And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be
A map they could all understand.

"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators,
Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?"
So [he] would cry : and the crew would reply
"They are merely conventional signs!

"Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!
But we've got our brave Captain to thank :
(So the crew would protest) "that he's bought us the best--
A perfect and absolute blank!"


excerpt of
The Bellman's Speech
_The Hunting of the Snark_
Lewis Carroll
( 01876 )

illustration of
The Bellman's Map
Henry Holiday