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The Butterfly

Ann Taylor 1782 (Islington) – 1866



THE Butterfly, an idle thing,
Nor honey makes, nor yet can sing,
As do the bee and bird;
Nor does it, like the prudent ant,
Lay up the grain for times of want,
A wise and cautious hoard.

My youth is but a summer's day:
Then like the bee and ant I'll lay
A store of learning by;
And though from flower to flower I rove,
My stock of wisdom I'll improve
Nor be a butterfly.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme AAXXXX BBCXXC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 371
Words 78
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 6, 6

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