Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Watercolor and Ink by CMerie

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
By Eugene Field

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 shoes,
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 fisherman 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 asail 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:
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 the 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--
And Nod.


Kate said...

The children love this poem! I started playing it on the guitar and singing it when Miss Posy was a baby. Love your watercolor! You did a beautiful job!:)


Cmerie said...

Thanks Kate. I've been smitten with this poem since I found it in one of the old books I've been scavaging. I'm not usually all that great at watercolor, but got a little inspired on Saturday. How did you figure out how to play it on the guitar? Do you have a book you use or did you just make it up?

Kate said...

There are many different melodies which have been paired up with the poem. The one I play was sung by the Irish Rovers. I tried to find it on youtube, but though they had listed many versions, I could not find that particular one. I figured the chords out on the guitar myself, after having listened to the melody for many years. There must be chords for it on the internet somewhere, though.......but it may be a bit difficult to discover which melody they match!