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Three Men of Gotham

Thomas Love Peacock. 1785-1866

595. Three Men of Gotham

SEAMEN three! What men be ye?
Gotham's three wise men we be.
Whither in your bowl so free?
To rake the moon from out the sea.
The bowl goes trim. The moon doth shine.            5
And our ballast is old wine. Who art thou, so fast adrift?
I am he they call Old Care.
Here on board we will thee lift.                           10
No: I may not enter there.
Wherefore so? 'Tis Jove's decree,
In a bowl Care may not be.