Its lyric verses tell a fanciful tale of three fishermen who sail the skies in a little wooden shoe among the stars. Like all good children's bedtime stories, the adventures come to a close with the heroes safely tucked in bed and on the verge of peaceful slumber.
Due to its enduring popularity, in 1938 Walt Disney made a short 8 minute cartoon featuring pajama wearing children as the heroes of the poem and set to music as one of its Silly Symphonies.
Sculptor Mabel Landrum Torrey made a marble statue of the three fishermen of Wynken, Blynken, and Nod that sits in Denver's Washington Park.
Here is the text of Eugene Field's classic, 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:
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 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea---
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
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: