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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
After Wings
By Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836–1919)
 
THIS was your butterfly, you see.
  His fine wings made him vain?—
The caterpillars crawl, but he
  Passed them in rich disdain?—
My pretty boy says: “Let him be        5
  Only a worm again?”
 
Oh, child, when things have learned to wear
  Wings once, they must be fain
To keep them always high and fair.
  Think of the creeping pain        10
Which even a butterfly must bear
  To be a worm again!
 
 
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