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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

20. Butterflies


FRAIL Travellers, deftly flickering over the flowers; 
O living flowers against the heedless blue 
Of summer days, what sends them dancing through 
This fiery-blossom’d revel of the hours? 
  
Theirs are the musing silences between         5
The enraptured crying of shrill birds that make 
Heaven in the wood while summer dawns awake; 
And theirs the faintest winds that hush the green. 
  
And they are as my soul that wings its way 
Out of the starlit dimness into morn:  10
And they are as my tremulous being—born 
To know but this, the phantom glare of day. 


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