Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” is a popular poem for children written by American writer and poet Eugene Field and published on March 9, 1889.

The original title was “Dutch Lullaby”. The poem is a fantasy bed-time story about three children sailing and fishing among the stars from a boat which is a wooden shoe. The names suggest a sleepy child’s blinking eyes and nodding head.

“Story Time” of My Book House series edited by Olive Beaupre Miller and published by The Book House for Children of Chicago. Copyrighted by Miller in 1937 and 1950.

This was my favourite poem when I was a child. I remember my grandmother reading it to me and I so loved that time we had together. I am so grateful that she shared this with me. I miss her very much. I love you and miss you Mary Beatrice. This poem is for you.

Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene Field

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 afraid 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;
‘Twas all so pretty a sail
 it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought ’twas 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.

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Montmartre Signs

Montmartre, a former artists’ village once inhabited by Picasso and Dalí, and home to the Sacré-Cœur basilica. There are sweeping views of the city from its steep. We walked the winding streets. Then road scooters all the way from Rue Lepic to the Arc de Triomphe near the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle.

Lumière

So, I am getting on with the French lessons. In the 10th week. Mostly it’s all been learning the feminine and masculine words. Occasionally I get a verb!

The word Lumière means ‘light’ and was first claimed by the French in the 12th century. It gained new meaning during le siècle des Lumières (the Age of Enlightenment) of the 18th century, symbolising the illumination of human intellect after the ‘dark’ Middle Ages.

Night Sky Map

Last night there above from my view of the night sky from the Swansea Valley… above is the Constellation Orion. It was a very cold, clear and frosty night.

Out of all the constellations in the night sky, it’s one of my favourites and one of the most well known.

The constellation Orion not only has Greek, but origins in Sumerian mythology, specifically in the myth of Gilgamesh. Sumerians associated it with the story of their hero fighting the bull of heaven, represented by Taurus.

They called Orion URU AN-NA, which means “the light of heaven.” Their name for the constellation Taurus was GUD AN-NA, or “the bull of heaven.”

https://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/night/uk/swansea

The Interactive Night Sky Map simulates the sky above Swansea on a date of your choice. Use it to locate a planet, the Moon, or the Sun and track their movements across the sky. The map also shows the phases of the Moon, and all solar and lunar eclipses.

And just looking up at the winter sky, I just can’t help but notice this celestial wonder; probably the most striking of all the constellations.

Orion is on the celestial equator, visible from the northern hemisphere. A constellation of seven bright stars.

It is the true north; a winter constellation right here over Wales.

List of Castles in Wales | Historic UK

List of Castles in Wales | Historic UK
— Read on www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/CastlesinWales/

Le Château

Led by William the Conqueror, The French Normans took Britain from 1066 CE to 1071 CE by William who led Many hard fought battles.

William was not just a warrior, but he built castles, redistributed the land with the British people, contributing to architecture, village community and agriculture bringing with him a new language with tactics that ensured the Normans were here to stay.

The percent of modern English words derived from the language group Anglo-Norman French and French is 29%. A great number of words of French origin have entered the English language. The castle is Le Château in French.

The Normans saw the Norman elite replace that of the Anglo-Saxons; taking over the country’s lands.

The Church was restructured with incredible new architectural introduced in the form of motte and bailey castles and Romanesque cathedrals. Many of the Castles in South Wales are French Marcher Castles; Swansea and Oystermouth and Cadtle Coch shown in the picture above.

It was the beginning of French feudalism in Britain and it came much more widespread.

There the English language absorbed thousands of new French words, amongst a host of many other lasting changes which all combine to made the Norman invasion a watershed memory in the history of the English Language.

Ancient Roman Britain

www.archaeology.org/issues/323-1901/features/7195-a-dark-age-beacon