Wynken, Blynken, and Nod

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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?"
  The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to hunt for the herring-fish
  That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we,"
          Said Wynken,
          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 the beautiful sea.

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"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,
   But never afraid are we!"
So cried the stars to the fisherman three,
          And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
  For the fish in the twinkling foam,
Then down from the sky came the wooden shoe,
  Bringing the fishermen home;
'Twas all so pretty to sail, it seemed
  As if it could not be;
And some folks thought 'twas a dream they'd
  Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
          And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
  And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
  Is the 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 on the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three,
          And Nod.
 Eugene Field.

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