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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
669. After Wings
 
By Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt
 
 
THIS was your butterfly, you see,—
  His fine wings made him vain:
The caterpillars crawl, but he
  Passed them in rich disdain.—
My pretty boy says, “Let him be        5
  Only a worm again!”
 
O child, when things have learned to wear
  Wings once, they must be fain
To keep them always high and fair:
  Think of the creeping pain        10
Which even a butterfly must bear
  To be a worm again!
 

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