Saturday, March 3, 2012

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

       A Dutch 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 the beautiful sea--

 "Now cast your nets wherever you wish,--
         Never afeared 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:

 'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
         As if it could not be;

 And some folk thought 'twas 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 comment:

edpacht1 said...

Thank you!
Over 65 years ago my grandmother read this to me from a wonderfully illustrated book. Warm memories!