by Mother Goose
Three wise men of Gotham
Went to sea in a bowl;
If the bowl had been stronger,
My song would have been longer.
ATTRIBUTION: Mother Goose (fl. 17th-18th century. Three wise men of Gotham (l. 1-4). . .
Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, The. Iona Opie and Peter Opie, comps. (1955) Oxford University Press.
BIOGRAPHY: Columbia Encyclopedia.