April 28, 2009

Of The Boy And The Butterfly

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--Description: 17th C, Bunyan J., Childhood, Illusion--


Behold, how eager this our little boy
Is for a butterfly, as if all joy,
All profits, honours, yea, and lasting pleasures,
Were wrapped up in her, or the richest treasures
Found in her would be bundled up together,
When all her all is lighter than a feather.

He halloos, runs, and cries out, 'Here, boys, here!'
Nor doth he brambles or the nettles fear:
He stumbles at the molehills, up he gets,
And runs again, as one bereft of wits;
And all his labour and his large outcry
Is only for a silly butterfly.

Comparison

This little boy an emblem is of those
Whose hearts are wholly at the world's dispose.
The butterfly doth represent to me
The world's best things at best but fading be.
All are but painted nothings and false joys,
Like this poor butterfly to these our boys.

His running through nettles, thorns, and briers,
To gratify his boyish fond desires,
His tumbling over molehills to attain
His end, namely, his butterfly to gain,
Doth plainly show what hazards some men run
To get what will be lost as soon as won.

John Bunyan


--Did You Know: Bunyan was an English Christian writer and preacher, famous for writing The Pilgrim's Progress, arguably the most famous published Christian allegory besides Dante Alighieri's "Divine Comedy".

--Word of the Day: perambulate \puh-RAM-byuh-layt\, verb
Meaning: 1. To walk about; to roam; to stroll; as, "he perambulated in the park."
Example: Every weekend, the police close off ten to fifteen blocks of some Manhattan avenue. The merchants line the curbs, and the New Yorkers slowly perambulate up and down.
(Richard Brookhiser, "Island Bazaar", National Review, July 1, 2002)

--Quote of the Day: Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder.
(Eberhard Arnold)

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