A Northumbrian Dialect late 11c. prose version of JABBERWOCKY
with southern influence from later transcription
(see Index for original)version: Peter H. Cole
IABERHUOC
I
Daeg uaes breclig ond smelig se deafon on se day was brilling and slithy the toves on the
wymbe uaeron geðurde ond gaembe. Ealle wabe were gyring and gimbling. All mimsy the
oermismig se gofbore uearon, ond se momaryðuna borogoves were, and the mome-raths
utgreban uaeron. outgribing were.
II
Aeðelinges faeder to him cuoeð "Beouaer, Prince's father to him said: "Beware,
sunu min, se bealig Iaborhuoc - his toðas son mine, the baleful Jabberwock - his teeth
bitiende ond fingru gripende. Beouaer iab-iab biting and fingers grasping. Beware jub-jub
fogel, ond se fraemine banafon forcierrane." bird, and the fearful bandersnatch avoid."
III
His goplig sweard miððy honde he genam, His vorpal sword with hand he took,
ond lange ðaet maxlig feand he sohte. Ða be and long that manxome foe he sought. Then
ðaem-ðaem treaw he restede, ða huile on by tum-tum tree he rested, a while in
geðohte he stod. thought he stayed.
IV
Huil in ufelig ðohte he stod, se while in uffish thought he rested, the
egum-aelanige Iaborhuoc ðorh uudu-tolig eyes-flaming Jabberwock through wood-tulgey
wyflican gecam, ond forð-beahlman! whiffling came, and forth-burbled.
V
An-twa, an-twa ond ðerh gan ðerh, se One-two one-two and through going through,
goplic sueard flic-flac eade. Dead he hit laegt, the vorpal sword snick-snack went. Dead he it
ond ðoes hafela he haefde to his faeder, left and its head he took to his father, then
ða baec-sigaeland. back-gallumphed.
VI
"Gram Iaborhuoc slaegde ðu?" his faeder him "Fell jabberwock slew thou?" his father (to) him
baedd,"Com to faðme min, baern baeglig minum! said, "Come to embrace me, child beamish mine!
Cafol! Cafal! Cefonlig daeg!" he on his gefea onðahrt. "Calloo! callay! frabjous day!" he in his joy chortled.
VII
Daeg uaes breclig ond smelig se deafon on se day was brillig and slithy the toves on the
wymbe uaeron geðurde ond gaembe. Ealle wabe were gyring and gimbling. All mimsy
oermismig se gofbore uearon, ond se momaryðuna the borogoves were, and the mome-raths
utgreban uaeron. outgribing were.

Copyright Peter H. Cole 2001


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