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1 BUTTERFLY, butterfly, speed through the air,
2 The ring-bird follows thee fast,
3 And the monkey looks up with a greedy stare;
4 Speed on till the peril be past!
5 O, wert thou but safe in my garden bower,
6 And wouldst thou no further stray,
7 Thou shouldst feed on the rose and the gilliflower,
8 And be my play-mate gay.


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Title (in Source Edition): RHYMES FOR CHANTING.
Genres: comic verse

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Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. Fugitive Verses. By Joanna Baillie, author of “Dramas on the Passions,“ etc. London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street. MDCCCXL., 1840, p. 204.  (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [40.17].)

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