Born: September 23, 1783, Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England.
Died: April 13, 1824, Chipping Ongar, Essex, England.
Buried: Chipping Ongar, Essex, England.
Pseudonym: Q. Q.
Jane was the daughter of engraver and Congregational minister Isaac Taylor, and sister of hymnist Ann Taylor Gilbert.
Her first verse was printed in the 1804 Minor’s Pocket Book. The secular world remembers Jane as the author of
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. This line is from her poem The Star, published in Rhymes for the Nursery (London, 1806).
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 thro’ my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.
’Tis your bright and tiny spark,
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Tho’ I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
Rhymes for the Nursery, 1806
If you know where to get a good picture of Taylor (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels),