Wynken Blynken and Nod: Newer and Older Versions

Wynken Blynken and Nod


“Wynken Blynken and Nod” is a poem written by American poet and journalist Eugene Field. It was first published in the Chicago Daily News in 1889 and later included in his 1896 collection of children’s poems, “The Golden Book of Poetry.”


Eugene Field (1850-1895) was an American writer known for his humorous and whimsical poetry, much of which was written for children. He worked as a journalist for various newspapers throughout his career and published several books of poetry.


“Wynken Blynken and Nod” is a charming and dreamlike poem about three fishermen who sail off to the stars in a wooden shoe. The poem describes the beauty and magic of the night sky and encourages children to dream and imagine. Some interpretations suggest that the poem may also have deeper meanings related to childhood innocence and the passage of time.

Wynken Blynken and Nod (New Version)

Wynken Blynken and Nod went to sea

In a wooden shoe, just as free as can be

They sailed away on a moonlit night

And dreamed of adventures until daylight

But as they sailed on through the dark

They encountered creatures fierce and stark

Octopus tentacles and giant whales

Threatened to send them all to Davy Jones’ tales

With quick thinking and cleverness too

The three friends found a way to make it through

They used their wits to outsmart each foe

And sailed on bravely, determined to go

To the lands beyond the horizon line

Where the stars shine brighter and the sun does shine

And there they found treasures untold

More precious than silver or any gold

So Wynken, Blynken, and Nod sailed on

Their courage and friendship forever strong

And though they faced danger on every hand

They found their way to a magical land.

Wynken Blynken and Nod (Original Version)

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 afraid 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 folks 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 in the misty sea,

Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

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