The Butterfly (op. 108, no. 2)

(1944)

"The Butterfly" was originally part of Farwell's 10 Emily Dickinson Songs, Op. 108. The song is currently published in the second volume of Boosey & Hawkes' two-volume Thirty-Four Songs on Poems of Emily Dickinson by Arthur Farwell.

The Butterfly (poem 1685)
by Emily Dickinson


The butterfly obtains
But little sympathy
Though favorably mentioned
In Entomology —


Because he travels freely
And wears a proper coat
The circumspect are certain
That he is dissolute —


Had he the homely scutcheon
Of modest Industry
'Twere fitter certifying
For Immortality —


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