The Butterfly (op. 108, no. 2)


"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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