Two Thieves

Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1872


(To the Misses Drury.)

TWO thieves went out to steal one day

Thinking that no one knew it:

Three little maids, I grieve to say,

Encouraged them to do it.

’Tis said that little children should

Encourage men in stealing!

But these, I’ve always understood,

Have got no proper feeling.

An aged friend, who chanced to pass

Exactly at the minute,

Said "Children! Take this Looking-glass,

And see your badness in it."

Jan. 11, 1872.

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Chicago: Lewis Carroll, Two Thieves Original Sources, accessed May 25, 2024,

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