Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | August 7, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: To a Butterfly

by William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850).

 

To A Butterfly

 

STAY near me—-do not take thy flight!

A little longer stay in sight!

Much converse do I find I thee,

Historian of my infancy!

Float near me; do not yet depart!                            5

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,                   10

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 spring               15

I followed on from brake to bush;

But she, God love her, feared to brush

The dust from off its wings. 

 

Notes:

http://www.online-literature.com/wordsworth/

http://www.poetry-archive.com/w/wordsworth_william.html


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