I had the honor of receiving another “Best in Class” award from Professional Photographers of San Diego County last night for my fine art piece, “Up Above the World So High”. The piece was really fun to do, and it has me thinking about other nursery rhymes I could depict, so I went to a site that has a whole list of nursery rhyme lyrics and their origins, and it is fascinating!!! Did you know that the original lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are actually…
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 traveller 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 traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are – twinkle, twinkle little star.
Beautiful, right? This one doesn’t have much of a history, except for the fact that it was first published in 1806, but some of the other nursery rhymes are political and have great backstories. Most people know about Ring Around the Rosy being about plague, but did you know that “Humpty Dumpty” is actually believed to have been a large canon in the English Civil War?
I think I’m going to keep reading up on nursery rhymes and fairy tales…such great inspiring imagery and stories!