Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Another favorite lullaby...
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe---
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
And Nod.
The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea---
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish---
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
And Nod.
All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam---
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea---
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
And Nod.
Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
And Nod.

-- Eugene Field


  1. This is lovely:) and what an adorable picture. I just wish I knew the tune

  2. I like the tune on this lullaby collection CD by Miranda Russell http://www.amazon.com/All-Pretty-Little-Horses-Collection/dp/B00006FXAW/ref=ntt_mus_ep_dpt_1 (The collection is called "All the Pretty Horses.")

    You can find a number of different melodies to accompany the poem by Eugene Field on youtube. The closest I could find to the melody I like is performed by the Mamas and the Papas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiUL1EnTMtw

    I hope you enjoy listening to it and thanks for visiting me here at my little blog!


  3. I love this poem. It's in two of our poetry books and my daughter really responds to it.

    I love that you have poetry featured -- it's oft overlooked for children. My daughter LOVES poetry and generally picks a book of poems as one of her reads before naps/bed.


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