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WATER SILLIES, by            
First Line: In a red canoe
Last Line: Calls home his daughter.
Subject(s): Canoes & Canoeing; Kisses; Water


In a red canoe,
Overdue,
Trailing her fingers in the water,
Languorously lies the Lake King's daughter.
Faint heart may miss her.
Who will come and kiss her?
I will! I will!
Keep still! Keep still!
"Do you want to upset us?" says the Lake King's daughter.
Then the wind comes bringing
Sounds across the water,
Strumming ukelele,
Voices sort of waily,
Sentimental singing
Echoing across the water.
Father'll wait.
Don't be late.
Yo-ho! Yo-ho!
To and fro,
The Lake King kinging
Calls home his daughter.





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