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Short poem

Eugene Field (1850-1895)

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

              1Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
              2    Sailed off in a wooden shoe--
              3Sailed on a river of crystal light,
              4    Into a sea of dew.
              5"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
              6    The old moon asked the three.
              7"We have come to fish for the herring fish
              8    That live in this beautiful sea;
              9    Nets of silver and gold have we!"
            10          Said Wynken,
            11          Blynken,
            12          And Nod.

            13The old moon laughed and sang a song,
            14    As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
            15And the wind that sped them all night long
            16    Ruffled the waves of dew.
            17The little stars were the herring fish
            18    That lived in that beautiful sea--
            19"Now cast your nets wherever you wish--
            20    Never afeard are we";
            21    So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
            22          Wynken,
            23          Blynken,
            24          And Nod.

            25All night long their nets they threw
            26    To the stars in the twinkling foam--
            27Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
            28    Bringing the fishermen home;
            29'T\was all so pretty a sail it seemed
            30    As if it could not be,
            31And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
            32    Of sailing that beautiful sea--
            33    But I shall name you the fishermen three:
            34          Wynken,
            35          Blynken,
            36          And Nod.

            37Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
            38    And Nod is a little head,
            39And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
            40    Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
            41So shut your eyes while mother sings
            42    Of wonderful sights that be,
            43And you shall see the beautiful things
            44    As you rock in the misty sea,
            45    Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
            46          Wynken,
            47          Blynken,
            48          And Nod.


1] The 1910 edition (The Poems of Eugene Field, Complete Edition (Toronto: McClelland and Goodchild, 1910): 234-35; ROBA PS 1665 A2 1910) adds "Dutch Lullaby" to the end of the title.

40] trundle-bed: low bed on casters.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Eugene Field, Lullaby-Land: Poems of Childhood (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904): 167-72.
First publication date: 1904
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/3/27

Rhyme: ababcdcddeef

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