I've watched you now a full half-hour
Self-poised upon that yellow flower;
And, little Butterfly
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! -- not frozen
! And then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!
This plot of orchard-ground is ours;
My trees they are, my Sister's flowers.
Here rest your wings when they are weary;
Here lodge as in a sanctuary!
Come often to us, fear no wrong;
Sit near us on the bough!
We'll talk of sunshine and of song,
And summer days, when we were young:
Sweet childish days, that were as long
As twenty days are now.
William Wordsworth, 1770-1850