64. Twinkle Twinkle

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 traveler 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 through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye, ’till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are – twinkle, twinkle little star.

This beautiful rhyme was written jointly by two sisters Ann Taylor and Jane Taylor. It was first published in 1806.

This is one of the most popular nursery rhymes in the world. With its soft music it really enchants the listeners!

The word “Twinkle” automatically suggests the “Winking” of the stars. The star is just a speck so high in the sky. So it is a “little star” !

“Like a diamond in the sky” is a beautiful simile! It teaches the children how to compare two objects which look alike. Indeed the twinkling star does look like a diamond placed on a deep blue velvet cloth!

Visalakshi Ramani


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