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The Star
Ann Taylor


Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are !
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the trav'ller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often thro' my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

'Tis your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the trav'ller in the dark :
Tho' I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

This poem is in the public domain.


Ann Taylor (1783 –1866) was a poet and literary critic. Born in England to a successful and well-educated family, she and her sister Jane--with whom she wrote this classic children’s verse--authored a number of children’s books. Ann also wrote a number of hymns. A devoted advocate of animal welfare, Ann also took an active interest in social issues. Widowed in her late sixties, she wrote prolifically and traveled extensively until her death.



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The rest of the poem is news to me. Thanks.
Posted 12/30/2018 11:43 PM
I suspect I was exposed to this verse 80 years or more ago.
Posted 12/28/2018 08:39 AM
My favorite line emphasizes the ineffable: "Tho' I know not what you are." Once again, Jayne, thanks.
Posted 12/28/2018 08:34 AM
Yes, the entire poem is beautiful. I have known it from childhood.
Posted 12/28/2018 08:03 AM

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