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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Dutch Lullaby
By Eugene Field (1850–1895)
 
From ‘A Little Book of Western Verse’

WYNKEN, Blynken and Nod one night
    Sailed off in a wooden shoe,—
Sailed on a river of misty light
    Into a sea of dew.
“Where are you going, and what do you wish?”        5
    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,        10
          Blynken,
          And Nod.
 
The old moon laughed, and sung a song,
    As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long        15
    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,
    But never afraid are we!”        20
  So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
          Wynken,
          Blynken,
          And Nod.
 
All night long their nets they threw        25
    For the fish in the twinkling foam,
Then down from the sky came the wooden shoe,
    Bringing the fishermen home;
’Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
    As if it could not be;        30
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,        35
          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;        40
So shut your eyes while mother sings
    Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
    As you rock on the misty sea,
  Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three,        45
          Wynken,
          Blynken,
          And Nod.
 
 
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