“Star Light, Star Bright”


"Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight, (I) Wish I may, (I) wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight."


Some time in my youth, I learned this with exactly the same words as occur in Henry (not the same as in Baring-Gould). So it has some sort of circulation. But I can't remember where I learned it; I have the strange feeling it was some Disney production or the like. - RBW


  1. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #430, p. 203, "(Star light, star bright)"
  2. MHenry-Appalachians, p. 239, (no title) (1 short text)
  3. BI, MHAp239B


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from Mrs. Henry C. Gray, or her maid), though it probably occurs earlier in Mother Goose collections
Keywords: nonballad
Found in: US(Ap)