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,
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 follow'd on from brake to bush;
But she, God love her, feared to brush
The dust from off its wings.
|This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.|