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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
 
A Dead Butterfly
By Edgar Fawcett (1847–1904)
 
[From Romance and Revery. 1886.]

IMMORTAL were you named when earth was young,
  Yet here, with wings where florid fire still stays,
On the cold strand of death I find you flung,
  Blent with its desultory waifs and strays!
 
Ah! blithe and lovely Bedouin of the air,        5
  Once to such revelling life so richly wed,
Well might I dream, while gazing on you there,
  That immortality itself lay dead!
 
 
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