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Fri, 22 Aug 2008
They went to sea in a sieve they did, they went to sea in a sieve, all on Riddle me ree.

centreTHEY WENT TO SEA IN A SIEVE
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 everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
They cried 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.

The water it soon came in, it did, the water it soon came in;
So to keep them dry they wrapped their feet,
In a pinky paper all folded and neat, and they fastened it down with a pin.
And they passed the night in a crockery jar,
And each of them said, "How wise we are!
Though the sky be dark and the voyage be long,
Yet we never can think we were rash, or wrong
While round in our sieve we spin!"

They sailed to the Western sea they did, to a land all covered with trees.
And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,
And a pound of Rice and a Cranberry Tart, and a hive of Silvery Bees.
And they bought a Pig, and some Green Jackdaws,
And a lovely Monkey with Lollipop Paws,
And forty bottles of Ring-Bo-Ree,
And no end of Stilton Cheese.

And in twenty years they all came back, in twenty years or more,
And everyone said, "How tall they've grown!"
For they've been to the lakes
And the Torrible Zone, and the hills of the Chankly Bore!"
And they drank their health, and gave them a feast;
Of dumplings made of beautiful Yeast;
And everyone said, "If only we live, we too will go to sea in a Sieve
To the hills of the Chankly Bore!"
 Far and few, far and few, are the lands where the Jumblies live;
Their heds ar green and their hands are blue
And they went to sea in a sieve.

                             By the One, and Only, Mr Edward Lear.
there are quite a few more verses to tis, too many to put on here, but should anyone want the whole poem I have it along with very many E. Lears.
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