LITTLE CROCODILE ASPICE UT PARVUS NITIDAM ...
Lewis Carroll trans. Colin Sydenham
How doth the little crocodile
.....Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
.....On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
.....How neatly spread his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
.....With gently smiling jaws!
Aspice ut parvus nitidam colore
Aureo caudam crocodilus ornet,
Qui solet squamas laticem per omnes
.....Spargere Nili.

Gaudium quantum simulat renidens,
Membra quam compte nocitura tendit,
Dum duplex pisces teneros amico
.....Devorat haustu.

Trans. copyright © Colin Sydenham 2006

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