Edward Lear's Nonsense Books

Edward Lear's nonsense books complete set - online version

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Then Mr. Daddy Long-legs
And Mr. Floppy Fly Rushed downward to the foamy sea
With one sponge-taneous cry: And there they found a little boat,
Whose sails were pink and gray; And off they sailed among the waves,
Far and far away: They sailed across the silent main,
And reached the great Gromboolian Plain;
And there they play forevermore
At battlecock and shuttledore.
They went to sea in a sieve, they did;
In a sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their
friends could say,
On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
In a sieve they went to sea. And when the sieve
turned round and round,
And every one cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
They called aloud, "Our sieve ain't big;
But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig:
In a sieve we'll go to sea!" Far and few, far and few, Are the lands where the Jumblies live: Their
heads are green, and their hands are blue And they went to sea in a sieve.