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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
To a Butterfly
By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
STAY near me—do 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!        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 springs        15
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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