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"Star Light, Star Bright"
Nursery rhyme
Published Late 19th century

"Star Light, Star Bright" is an English language nursery rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 16339.


The lyrics usually conform to the following:

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.


The superstition of hoping for wishes granted when seeing a shooting or falling star may date back to the ancient world. Wishing on the first star seen may also predate this rhyme, which first began to be recorded in late nineteenth-century America. The song and tradition seem to have reached Britain by the early twentieth century and have since spread worldwide.

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