I saw a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea;
And, oh! it was all laden
With pretty, things for thee!
There were comfits in the cabin, And
apples in the hold;
The sails were made of silk,
And the masts were made of gold.
That stood between the decks,
Were four-and-twenty white mice
With chains about their necks.
The captain was a duck,
With a packet on his back;
And when the ship began to move,
The captain said, "Quack! Quack!"
Comfit: A confection that consists of a
piece of fruit, a seed, or a nut coated with sugar.
Hold: The part of a ship where cargo is stored.