three wise men of Gotham

three wise men of Gotham

fools momentarily afloat in a light bowl. [Nuns. Rhyme: Opie, 193]
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Thus, then, did these three worthies embark in their cockleshell of a skiff upon this nocturnal expedition, with a wisdom and valor equaled only by the three wise men of Gotham,[1] who adventured to sea in a bowl.
[1] "Three wise men of Gotham, They went to sea in a bowl-- And if the bowl had been stronger, My tale had been longer." Mother Goose Melody.
"Three wise men of Gotham went to sea in a bowl," went the Mother Goose rhyme; "and if the bowl had been stronger, then my rhyme had been longer."
The title, for example, is a wry echo of "The Three Wise Men of Gotham," the legend of a village in olde England where citizens mix shrewdness and folly.
Three wise men of Gotham. They went to Sea in a Bowl.
All due to three wise men of Gotham: Balanchine, the Ford Foundation's W.