Gateway to the Classics: Second Reader by Franklin T. Baker
Second Reader by  Franklin T. Baker


I Saw a Ship A-Sailing

I saw a ship a-sailing,

A-sailing on the sea,

And oh, it was all 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 said, "Quack, quack!"

Old Rhyme

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