Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
Dutch Lullaby
By Eugene Field (1850–1895)
[Born in St. Louis, Mo., 1850. Died in Chicago, Ill., 1895. From A Little Book of Western Verse. 1889.]

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
          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 afeard are we!”        20
  So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
          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 folk thought ’twas a dream they’d dreamed
  Of sailing that beautiful sea;
  But I shall name you the fishermen three:
          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
          And Nod.

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