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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. To My Wife
By Bernard Barton (1784–1849)
 
THE BUTTERFLY, which sports on gaudy wing;
  The brawling brooklet, lost in foam and spray,
  As it goes dancing on its idle way;
  The sunflower, in broad daylight glistening;
Are types of her who in the festive ring        5
  Lives but to bask in fashion’s vain display,
  And glittering through her bright but useless day,
  “Flaunts, and goes down a disregarded thing!”
Thy emblem, Lucy, is the busy bee,
  Whose industry for future hours provides;        10
  The gentle streamlet, gladding as it glides
Unseen along; the flower which gives the lea
  Fragrance and loveliness, are types of thee,
  And of the active worth thy modest merit hides.
 
 
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