Winken, Blinken, and Nod One Night…..


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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, Blynken, 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:
Wynken, Blynken, 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 folks thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea —
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken, Blynken, 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:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

by American writer and poet 

Eugene Field, published March 9, 1889. Originally titled Dutch Lullaby.


5 thoughts on “Winken, Blinken, and Nod One Night…..

  1. YOU wrote the Gandy dancer? I am checking it in a minute on Amazon – but if you wrote it, THEN, I’d like you to sign it for Taylor, my granddaughter… that cannot be done on Amazon. Hmm, let me go see it first.
    AND YES! if you have got it in you DO WRITE !! it is such a gift….

  2. PS: do you have a story for a super bright 10 yr old that holds conversation at an adult level and reads “young adult” stories ? she likes adventure, fantasy, and animal stories. She likes Jack London. My granddaughter is pretty amazing – but your books look more like for small children, or am I wrong? pls. let me know. v.

    • The Gandy Dancer and Other Short Stories turned out to be interesting to a ten year old I knew whose whole family read it, the child even took it into school to read in class!! Pretty exciting for the author who thought it was simply for adults. There’s no sex or violence, it’s an advernturesome and autobiographical kind of yarn, one feeding into the other.
      The Story of CoCo No! is for the very young.
      And you encourage me. I don’t often get to talk about my books. If I had any left in the gallery I’d send you some. They’re still on Amazon. I need to write more.
      Thank you, good friend.

    • My mother sang the lulaby to me and I remembered the words for the longest time. It’s very pretty. It can be Googled for a read if you’re interested, maybe I should post it on this page. I have to measure it too, it’s about the size of the end of twin bed. Thank you, Vera.

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