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I'd be a Butterfly
Words and Music by Thomas Haines Bailey

Boston: Published by Oliver Ditson (115 Washington St.)

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I'd be a Butterfly born in a bow'r,
Where Roses and LILIES and VIOLETS meet;
Roving forever from
Flower to flower, and kissing all buds that are pretty and sweet.
I'd never languish for wealth or for power,
I'd never sigh to see slaves at my feet,
I'd be a Butterfly
I'd be a Butterfly kissing all buds that are pretty and sweet
Oh cou'd I pilfer the wand of a fairy,
I'd have a pair of those beautiful wings;
Their summer day's ramble is a sportive and airy,
They sleep in a rose when the Nightingale sings.
Those who have wealth must be watchful and wary,
Power alas! nought but misery brings
I'd be a Butterfly sportive and airy
Rock'd in a Rose when the Nightingale sings.
I'd be a Butterfly Rock'd in a Rose when the Nightingale sings.



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