Wordsworth (in an 1873 reproduction of an 1839 watercolor by Margaret Gillies)
To a Butterfly
by William Wordsworth
[composed 14 March 1802, published in 1807]
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 bring’st, gay creature as thou art!
A solemn image to my heart,
My father’s 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;–with 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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