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. '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]1 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.
F. Lewin sets stanzas 1-2, 4
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The 1910 edition has "Dutch Lullaby" as a subtitle.
1 Lewin: "things"
- by Eugene Field (1850 - 1895), "Wynken, Blynken and Nod", first published 1904 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "Wynken, Blynken and Nod", 2007 [ medium-high voice and piano ] [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ronald A. Beckett , "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod (A Dutch Lullaby)", 2008 [ voice, SA chorus, piano ], from A Child's Vision, no. 2 [sung text not yet checked]
- by Mabel Jennings , "Wynken, Blynken and Nod", published 1907 [ voice and piano ], from Five Songs of Innocence, no. 3, Oxford : Sydney Acott, Harris & Co. [sung text not yet checked]
- by Frank Lewin (1925 - 2008), "A Dutch Lullaby", 1952, stanzas 1-2,4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by William Moylan (b. 1956), "Wynken, Blynken and Nod", 1995, rev. 1996, from For a Sleeping Child Lullabies and Midnight Musings, no. 1 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin (1862 - 1901), "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod", op. 9, published 1890 [sung text not yet checked]
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