“WYNKEN, Blynken, and Nod,” by Eugene Field (1850-95)

 This was one of the first favorite poems of my children, being travelers and adventurers at heart, like all children are, they loved the concept of traveling into a DreamLand and often would fall asleep while discussing what adventures await them there. Poems often encourage creativity and imagination. Some other ones that come to mind as the ones that brought fun creative language exercises to our every day life are definitely  A House is a House for Me and All Kind of Families by Mary Ann Hoberman.  But we will revisit those later. 

 

“WYNKEN, Blynken, and Nod”

by Eugene Field (1850-95)

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 the 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 folk 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 on the misty sea

Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three,—

Wynken, Blynken, And Nod.

Interesting facts:

1.The original title of the poem was Dutch Lullaby.

2. The story of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod written in 1889 by Chicago writer Eugene Field 

3. Sculptor Mabel Landrum Torrey made a marble statue of the three fishermen of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod that sits in Denver’s Washington Park.

4. Field was an unusual poet. He was one of the few poets who wrote only children’s poetry. 

 

Here is also a beautiful song and animation for it   :

Wynken, Blynken And Nod