Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine,  3rd ser. 3 (1824), 503–04.

The Butterfly. (From "Poetic Vigils"; By Bernard Barton: London, 1824)



Extract, Poetry

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Barton 1824


Theology of Nature, Piety, Feeling, Providence

    The butterfly leads the poet to pious thoughts. Observes: 'For unto him whose spirit reads / Creation with a Christian's eye, / Each happy living creature pleads / The cause of Him who reigns on high'. Contrasts the feeling of divine care derived from contemplation of nature with the sense imparted by 'rhetoric's frigid powers'. (503) Draws an analogy between the caterpillar's metamorphosis into a butterfly and the metamorphosis of mortal humans into immortal spirits.

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