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