poetry friday

I Saw a Ship A-Sailing
— a nursery rhyme


I saw a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea,
And oh! it was laden
With pretty things for thee!

There were raisins in the cabin,
And apples in the hold;
The sails were made of silk,
And the masts were made of gold.

The four-and-twenty sailors
That stood between the decks,
Were four-and-twenty white mice,
With chains about their necks.

The captain was a duck,
With a jacket on his back;
When the ship began to sail,
The captain cried, “Quack! quack!”