Tiny Spark

Did you know?

When we were up in Shasta last week, I dusted off our family piano and got out our oldest sheet music. Printed in 1938, 357 Songs We Love to Sing is full of tunes from a bygone era, when households would gather around in the evenings and on holidays to sing together. It is full of gems and many unfamiliar ditties, from the Victorian Era and before. While Fern and I plonked around and experimented with sound, I flipped through the brittle pages and cracked spine and came across the music for “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Easily something I could pick out by ear. But what a surprise and delight to discover…the song actually has five stanzas, from a poem called “The Star”, written by Jane Taylor in 1806. Sung in its entirety, the words transform from nursery rhyme to solace for the traveler on the road of life.

So recall the tune if you will, and sing along as accompaniment for our tiny dancer.

Keep your eyes on the tutu, and never mind the mess.

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

(chorus)

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are!

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

(chorus)

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

(chorus)

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.

(chorus)

As your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveller in the dark,—
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

(chorus)

(Thank you to Grandma Timmins for the awesome tutu-lage)

Happy Monday, fellow travelers!

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2 thoughts on “Tiny Spark

  1. i am so into the rest of the song!!!! i will sing it to the kids today, through my scratchy sick voice i have right now, they won’t care. they will love it. it is just so col and beautiful!! and i like fern.

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