Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

Eugene Field, also known for the poem The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat, was best known for his children’s poem, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

A poetic lullaby, the three main characters are revealed to be a child’s eyes and head, as he or she nods off to sleep, after a fantastical voyage to the stars.

You probably remember how it starts.

English: pg 88 of Wynken, Blynken and Nod from...

Wynken, Blynken and Nod from Johnson’s first-(fifth) reader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the first verse:

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.

Boomers may remember the poem put to song by some of our favorite folk singers.

Cass Elliot sang it with the Big 3, but we knew her later from the Mamas and the Papas (1963).

Click here to hear the Big 3, with Cass Elliot, singing Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.

The Simon Sisters produced a version before Carly became a solo act (1964).

Click here to hear Carly and Lucy Simon.

Donovan sang perhaps the softest, most melodic version (1971).

Click here to listen to Donovan.


Our children may remember hearing it on Sesame Street, sung by Buffy Saint-Marie in her distinctive style in 1975.

Click here to  watch Buffy Saint-Marie perform it.

Or they may have heard the Doobie Brothers sing it in 1981.

Click here to hear the Doobie Brothers sing it.


As you tuck your grandchildren in next time, think about a sweet lullaby poem you will want to read to them to get them ready for bed.

Print out the entire poem by clicking here.

Cut it up, one verse per page, and let your grandchildren illustrate it with crayoned or sticky stars, drawn boats and images of themselves.

Or, delight your grandchildren and order a beautifully illustrated book with this poem by clicking here, Wynken, Blynken and Nod, by Eugene Field.

Sweet dreams to you and yours.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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