Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by: Jane Taylor (1783–1824)
Release Date: 1806
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Lyrics
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.
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is the most popular English rhyme for children. The song is in the public domain, and has many adaptations around the world.
The English lyrics were written as a poem by Jane Taylor (1783–1824) and published with the title “The Star” in Rhymes for the Nursery by Jane and her sister Ann Taylor (1782–1866) in London in 1806.
“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is sung to the tune of the French melody “Ah! vous dirai-je, maman”, which is also used for the “Alphabet song” and “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”.