Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SSA, piano

This setting of Eugene Fields' well loved children's verse is pure, delightful storytelling. A good exercise in phrasing, color, articulation, and point of view. A charming piano accompaniment propels the piece forward.

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Catalog Number: 
VMP006
Duration: 
4:15
Commissioned By: 
Christina Hubbard, mezzo-soprano
Reviews: 

“So refreshing, so great— the most delightful thing I have read through in 30 years of programming! I do a lot of Joan's music and am a big fan! The depth of the poetry she chooses and the depth of composition are an exquisite marriage.” — Sigrid Johnson, Artist in Residence, St. Olaf College

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Text Author or Source: 
Eugene Fields (1850-1895)
Language: 
English
Text: 

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
(originally published as "Dutch Lullaby")

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;
T'was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought it was 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.