Inspiration by Re-Interpretation

057     He came as a Butcher: but gravely declared,
058         When the ship had been sailing a week,
059     He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,
060         And was almost too frightened to speak:

285     But the Butcher turned nervous, and dressed himself fine,
286         With yellow kid gloves and a ruff–
287     Said he felt it exactly like going to dine,
288         Which the Bellman declared was all “stuff.”

409     Such friends, as the Beaver and Butcher became,
410         Have seldom if ever been known;
411     In winter or summer, ’twas always the same–
412         You could never meet either alone.

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