by John Ray (1627 - 1705)

Butterflies
Language: English 
You ask me: 
"What is the use of butterflies?"
I reply:
"To admire the world,
And to delight the eyes of men;
To brighten the country,
Like so many golden stars;
To contemplate
Their exquisite beauty and variety
Is to acknowledge and adore
The imprint of the art of God."

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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-10
Line count: 11
Word count: 50