Starlight, star bright,
First star I see tonight.
May I wish., may I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight?
The one thing that irritated me as a kid was that you actually had to catch the first star to make it work. I never could seem to notice the first star before there were a dozen in the sky and everyone knows that star contracts are null and void if you try to invoke one after the other stars come out. Only the first one will do. It makes me wonder.
Was that poem started as a way for parents to keep their children mindful of the time before watches were a thing children could carry out into their play?