Jane Taylor (September 23, 1783 – April 13, 1824) was an English poet and novelist. Her sister was Ann Taylor.
- 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.
- Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
- 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)