The Lullaby {The Ordinary Moments} #9

It’s Sunday so I’m linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for the Ordinary Moments!

Every night ato the end of Arthur’s routine we read him one of two lullabies.  Marks favorite is The Owl and The Pussycat.

This is mine:

Wynken, Blynken & Nod

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 ‘t 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.

By Eugene Field

To me this is so beautiful, I had never heard of it before but we were given a book of nursery rhymes and lullabies and this was in there, I read it once and fell in love with it.  Mark reads it and changes the last few lines a little to “Arthur’s little bed” and “shut your eyes while daddy sings”.

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Do you have a favourite Lullaby?

Happy Sunday!

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20 thoughts on “The Lullaby {The Ordinary Moments} #9

  1. Hello 🙂 My husband and I have just moved to Seychelles (we’re from Australia, both my parents are English and my husband is Seychellois but left Seychelles when he was 2) – we’re here for a year of PhD fieldwork. I’ve been reading your blog and it has somehow made me feel less isolated, so thank you! I’m due to have my first baby in about 6 weeks, apparently it’s a boy, and he’s breech, so it’s looking like it might be a c-section – similar to your experience I think? Anyway, would love to hear more about your experience of birth over here and any advice you might have – I’m a bit nervous!
    Thanks again 🙂
    kiah.

  2. Oh that is so beautiful, I haven’t heard it before. I can imagine ARthur growing up and always remembering that lullaby, maybe even reading it to his children one day too. That really is an ordinary moment that could turn into such wonderful memories x

  3. That is lovely! I’m going to have to print it out and have it as a bedtime story one night….. I have always sung to Teddy and my absolute favourite (other than the songs I ended up making up in desperation) is My Bonnie lies over the Ocean. It instantly calms Teddy even if he is really upset. xx

  4. Oh that is such a beautiful rhyme. Beautiful. I hadn’t heard it before. I love the thought of the little rhymes and songs I say to my girls, that one day they will sing them to their own children. I often sing ones my own Mum sang to me. x

  5. It is so beautiful, what a lovely thing to read him before bed. I haven’t heard of it before either. My mum used to sing to me La La Lu from Lady and the Tramp and I sing it to Lucas but I fear my voice isn’t quite as nice as my mothers, he doesn’t seem to mind 🙂 xx

    • Oh my gosh as soon as I read your comment I’ve had flash backs to that song how lovely!!! I’m a terrible singer but Arthur seems to enjoy it, probably for not too long though so I’ll make the most of it while it lasts haha! Xx

  6. That’s beautiful! I hadn’t heard it before either and absolutely love it! And I love that you read one of two lullabies to Arthur every night.

  7. That lullaby is beautiful. H doesn’t have a lullaby as such but this Chick book he demands every night, he has even started memorising it. It’s our little routine and I will be making sure I keep the book forever xxx

  8. I’m another one who has never heard this before – it’s lovely though. Hubby always puts Toby to bed in our house and usually sings him something but always different. I sometimes sing him Over the Rainbow when I’m putting him down for a nap. We haven’t got into bedtime stories yet, although I really do want to – I think maybe we need to start bedtime earlier because at the moment Toby always conks out before there’s time for a story 🙂

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