The White Queen gave a deep sigh, and laid her head on Alice's shoulder. 'I am so sleepy!' she moaned.
'She's tired, poor thing!' said the Red Queen. 'Smooth her hair—lend her your nightcap—and sing her a soothing lullaby.'
'I haven't got a nightcap with me,' said Alice, as she tried to obey the first direction: 'and I don't know any soothing lullabies.''I must do it myself, then,' said the Red Queen, and she began:
'Hush-a-by lady, in Alice's lap!
Till the feast's ready, we've time for a nap.
When the feast's over, we'll go to the ball—
Red Queen, and White Queen, and Alice, and all!
'And now you know the words,' she added, as she put her head down on Alice's other shoulder, 'just sing it through to me. I'm getting sleepy, too.' In another moment both Queens were fast asleep, and snoring loud.