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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Joseph Skipsey b. 1832

The Butterfly

THE BUTTERFLY from flower to flower

The urchin chas’d; and, when at last

He caught it in my lady’s bower,

He cried, “Ha, ha!” and held it fast.

Awhile he laugh’d, but soon he wept,

When looking at the prize he’d caught

He found he had to ruin swept

The very glory he had sought.