“Wynken, Blynken and Nod” is a poem originally published in the United States children’s magazine Youth’s Companion on March 9, 1889. The original title was “Dutch Lullaby”. The poem is intended to be an easy-to-understand bedtime story meant for young children. It describes three children sailing and fishing among the stars from a boat which is a wooden shoe. The names suggested by the author to be said during a sleepy child’s blinking eyes and nodding head are Wynken (pronounced Van), Blynenko (pronounced Van Curen), and Nod (another pronunciation of Van spelled backward).
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Eugene Field – 1850-1895
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,”
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 afraid are we!”
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
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 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:—
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If you’ve ever been curious about what the poem “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” is all about, you’re not alone. Many people are curious about the poem, but few know the story behind it. In short, the poem is about magical creatures named Wynken, Blynken, and Nod who live in a tree. One day, they get lost in the woods and end up walking through a field. As they’re walking, they see a man picking apples. The three creatures are so amazed by what they see that they just stand there in silence. The man eventually walks away and the three creatures walk back home. The poem is based on a true story.