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Jane Taylor

Jane Taylor (September 23, 1783April 13, 1824) was an English poet and novelist. Her sister was Ann Taylor.

QuotesEdit

  • Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
    How I wonder what you are,
    Up above the world so high,
    Like a diamond in the sky!
    • "The Star," from Original Poems for Infant Minds (1804).
  • I thank the goodness and the grace
    Which on my birth have smiled,
    And made me in these Christian days,
    A happy English child.
    • "A Child's Hymn of Praise," from Hymns for Infant Minds (1810).
  • Though man a thinking being is defined,
    Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
    How few think justly of the thinking few!
    How many never think, who think they do!
    • "Essays in Rhyme" from On Morals and Manners, Prejudice, Essay i. Stanza 45, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Far from mortal cares retreating,
    Sordid hopes and vain desires,
    Here, our willing footsteps meeting,
    Every heart to heaven aspires.
    • Hymn, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Oh that it were my chief delight
    To do the things I ought!
    Then let me try with all my might
    To mind what I am taught.
    • For a Very Little Child, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Bartlett's notes this work to be written by Ann Taylor.


MisattributedEdit

  • Who ran to help me when I fell,
    And would some pretty story tell,
    Or kiss the place to make it well?
    My mother.
    • Ann Taylor, "My Mother," from Original Poems for Infant Minds (1804)
  • I love little pussy, her coat is so warm;
    And if I don't hurt her she'll do me no harm.
    • Anon, "Little Pussy," from Hints for the Formation of Infant Schools (1829)

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