Of living creatures most I prize
Black-spotted yellow Butterflies
Sailing softly through the skies.
Whisking light from each sunbeam,
Gliding over field and stream —
Like fans unfolding in a dream,
Like fans of gold lace flickering
Before a drowsy elfin king
For whom the thrush and linnet sing —
Soft and beautiful and bright
As hands that move to touch the light
When Mother leans to say good night.