My Fancy

Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1862


I PAINTED her a gushing thing,

With years perhaps a score;

I little thought to find they were

At least a dozen more;

My fancy gave her eyes of blue,

A curly auburn head:

I came to find the blue a green,

The auburn turned to red.

She boxed my ears this morning,

They tingled very much;

I own that I could wish her

A somewhat lighter touch;

And if you were to ask me how

Her charms might be improved,

I would not have them added to,

But just a few removed!

She has the bear’s ethereal grace,

The bland hyena’s laugh,

The footstep of the elephant,

The neck of the giraffe;

I love her still, believe me,

Though my heart its passion hides;

"She’s all my fancy painted her,"

But oh! how much besides!

Mar. 15, 1862.

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Chicago: Lewis Carroll, My Fancy Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

MLA: Carroll, Lewis. My Fancy, Original Sources. 25 May. 2024.

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