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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part Five: The Single Hound

XLII


THE BUTTERFLY obtains
But little sympathy,
Though favorably mentioned
In Entomology.
Because he travels freely        5
And wears a proper coat,
The circumspect are certain
That he is dissolute.
Had he the homely scutcheon of modest Industry,
’T were fitter certifying for Immortality.        10

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