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TO A BUTTERFLY

          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!
          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
          I followed on from brake to bush;
          But she, God love her, feared to brush
          The dust from off its wings.
                                                              1801.


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