Author: Lewis Carroll  | Date: 1877


(To Miss May Forshall.)

HE shouts amain, he shouts again,

(Her brother, fierce, as bluff King Hal),

"I tell you flat, I shall do that!"

She softly whispers "’May’ for ’shall’!"

He wistful sighed one eventide

(Her friend, that made this Madrigal),

"And shall I kiss you, pretty Miss!"

Smiling she answered "’May’ for ’shall’!"

With eager eyes my reader cries,

"Your friend must be indeed a val-

-uable child, so sweet, so mild!

What do you call her?" "May For shall."

Dec. 24, 1877.

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