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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

This delightful little poem is one my Mother would remember from her childhood. It was in the old Queensland school readers. It's still precious today with it's rich imagery, and soothing rhythms. Our girls love it too...
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 we are!"
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 on the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three-
And Nod.
-Eugene Field

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posted by Father's Grace Ministries at 4:48 pm


The Mammas and the Pappas also did this as a song it is on their anthology. I have sang it to my children since my first one was born almost ten years ago. I love this so much. Thank you for posting it.

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