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."
- by John Ray (1627 - 1705) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 - 1994), "Butterflies", 1986, published 1986. [voice and piano] [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2012-02-10
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Word count: 50