Jane Taylor Poems
- The Violet Down in a green and shady bed, A modest violet ...
- The Good-Natured Girls Two good little children, named Mary ...
- The Orphan My father and mother are dead, Nor friend, nor ...
- The Spider "Oh, look at that great ugly spider!" said Ann; ...
- The Village Green On the cheerful village green, Skirted ...
- The Apple-Tree Old John had an apple-tree, healthy and ...
- Sleepy Harry "I do not like to go to bed," Sleepy little ...
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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Down in a green and shady bed,
A modest violet grew;
Its stalk was bent, it hung its head
As if to hide from view.
And yet it was a lovely flower,
Its colour bright and fair;
It might have graced a rosy bower,
Instead of hiding there.
Yet thus it was content to bloom,
In modest tints arrayed;
And there diffused a sweet perfume,
Within the silent shade.
Then let me to the valley go
This pretty flower to see;
That I may also learn to grow
In sweet humility.