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Poem by William Wordsworth


To a Butterfly (Stay near me - do not take thy flight!)


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,
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.



William Wordsworth


William Wordsworth's other poems:
  1. Monastery of Old Bangor
  2. Miserrimus
  3. Mona
  4. To the Lady Eleanor Butler and the Hon. Miss Ponsonby
  5. Hart-Leap Well


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