The Jumblies

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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 out aloud “Our sieve isn’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.

They sailed away in a sieve they did
In a sieve they sailed so fast
With only a beautiful pea-green veil
Tied with a ribbon by way of a sail
To a small tobacco-pipe mast.

And every one said who saw them go
“Oh won’t they be soon upset you know?
For the sky is dark and the voyage is long;
And happen what may it’s extremely wrong
In a sieve to sail so fast”.

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.

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.

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.

And in twenty years they all came back
In twenty years or more;
And every one 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 dumpling made of beautiful yeast;
And every one said “If we only 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 heads are green and their hands are blue;
And they went to sea in a sieve.

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