It was six men of Indostan / To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant / (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation / Might satisfy his mind.
The First approach’d the Elephant, / And happening to fall Against his broad and sturdy side, / At once began to bawl: “God bless me! but the Elephant / Is very like a wall!”
The Second, feeling of the tusk, / Cried, — “Ho! what have we here So very round and smooth and sharp? / To me ’tis mighty clear This wonder of an Elephant / Is very like a spear!”
The Third approached the animal, / And happening to take The squirming trunk within his hands, / Thus boldly up and spake: “I see,” quoth he, “the Elephant / Is very like a snake!” ...