The very model of the family Buccinidae

I am the very model of the family Buccinidae,[*]
But by that name you'll not know me because you see a whelk am I.
I've knowledge none of moon or sun but simple is the reason why,
I make my home upon the loam beneath the muddy estuar-aye.
I have no need to write or read, no after-dinner speaker I.
It emerges that my urges mathematical are not that high.
I live in salty waters where I dine at length on dying fish
And morbid molluscs and crustacea, features of a dainty dish.

(And morbid molluscs and crustacea, features of a dainty dish.
And morbid molluscs and crustacea, features of a dainty dish.
And morbid molluscs and crustacea, features of a dainty dish.)

I make much use, with no excuse, of gills and pseudopoda,
Both charact'ristic features of the genus Gastropoda.
In short, in matters bottom-dwelling, molluscal or estuarine,
I am the very model of the family Buccinidae!

(In short, in matters bottom-dwelling, molluscal or estuarine,
He is the very model of the family Buccinidae!)


[*] pron: boo-kin-id-eye