Jane Taylor Poems
- Poverty I saw an old cottage of clay, And only of mud was...
- The Violet Down in a green and shady bed, A modest violet ...
- The Apple-Tree Old John had an apple-tree, healthy and ...
- The Good-Natured Girls Two good little children, named Mary ...
- Greedy Richard "I think I want some pies this morning," ...
- The Star Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what ...
- Mischief Let those who're fond of idle tricks, Of throwing ...
Jane Taylor, was an English poet and novelist. She wrote the words for the song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in 1806 at age 23, while living in Shilling Street, Lavenham, Suffolk.
The poem is now known worldwide, but its authorship is generally forgotten. It was first published under the title "The Star" in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her older sister Ann (later Mrs. Gilbert). The sisters, and their authorship of various works, have often been confused, in part because their early works were published together.
Ann Taylor's son, Josiah Gilbert, wrote in her biography, "two little poems–'My Mother,' and 'Twinkle, twinkle, ... more »
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I saw an old cottage of clay,
And only of mud was the floor;
It was all falling into decay,
And the snow drifted in at the door.
Yet there a poor family dwelt,
In a hovel so dismal and rude;
And though gnawing hunger they felt,
They had not a morsel of food.
The children were crying for bread,
And to their poor mother they’d run;
‘Oh, give us some breakfast,’ they said,
Alas! their poor mother had none.
She viewed them with looks of despair,
She said (and I’m sure it was true),
‘’Tis not for myself that I care,