Thursday, May 3, 2007

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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;

'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was 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.
-- Eugene Field

This poem and I have a very long history. Mom saved pieces of wrapping paper from baby gifts that have the poem on them. I grew up reading it in my Baby Book. Roger Whittaker sang it on his wonderful children's album. And now that I have a day of the week dedicated to poems about the sea and sailing, it's only appropriate that it be the first poem. My favorite copy of this poem is a little board book I have, illustrated by Sheila Beckett.


  1. I saved the paper because this was one of my favorite poems from my childhood. Somehow I associate it with the pastel portraits of girls that hung on my walls. I think it is one of the only poems I memorized as a child.

  2. Hi there, I know that I am posting on a really old blog but you are the only spot on the entire web that I ca nfind referance to Roger Whittakers childrens album. I had a record of it when I was a child but can not find any ref to it even on his own web page any ideas where to get those songs ... I just loved them and want to share with my children. Thanks Chris.

  3. for future reference...we do still have this LP in the family, and my mom did transfer it to a digital copy, but I am not willing to send it out to a stranger without express written permission from Mr. Whittaker. If you can get that, then I am happy to burn a copy and send it out for the cost of the CD and shipping.

    I assume though, that there are copyright issues or some other legal reason that he doesn't at least have the songs available on itunes or CDbaby.