William Wordsworth



To a Butterfly (1)



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William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

To a Butterfly (1)



Stay near meódo not take thy flight!
A little longer stay in sight!
Much converse do I find in thee,
Historian of my infancy!
Float near me; do not yet depart!
Dead times revive in thee:
Thou bringíst, gay creature as thou art!
A solemn image to my heart,
My fatherís family!

Oh! pleasant, pleasant were the days,
The time, when, in our childish plays,
My sister Emmeline and I
Together chased the butterfly!
A very hunter did I rush
Upon the prey:ówith leaps and springs
I followed on from brake to bush;
But she, God love her! feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.





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