Mica Mica

I came across this great Latin book for Boys and Girls.

In the back of the book are some nursery rhymes in Latin.

I’m wondering if I can include this in my #100daysofchant challenge. It’s not Gregorian, but it’s in Latin and I’ve typed it up in neumes.

Mica, mica, parva Stella !
Miror quaenam sis, tam bella !
Splendens eminus in illo,
Alba velut gemma, caelo.

Quando fervens Sol discessit,
Nec calore prata pascit,
Mox ostendis lumen purum,
Micans, micans, per obscurum.

Tibi, noctu qui vagatur,
Ob scintillulam gratatur :
Ni micares tu, non sciret
Quas per vias errans iret.

Meum saepe thalamum luce
Specularis curiosa ;
Neque carpseris soporem
Donec venit Sol per auram.

and the English:

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.

And the book is from 1870 and all good to reprint through Lulu! Coming soon to a Shop Jubilus near you!

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