The butterfly’s assumption-gown

The butterfly’s assumption-gown,
In chrysoprase apartments hung,
This afternoon put on.

 

How condescending to descend,
And be of buttercups the friend
In a New England town!

 

*****

 

Motyla szatka stylu a-priori,
Co wisi w komnatkach chryzoprazowych,
Popołudniem dziś przyobleczona.

 

Jakaż łaskawość zejść
I jaskrom przyjaźń nieść
W mieścinie w Anglii Nowej!

 

TRANSLATOR’S NOTE

Please compare the concept of “garments of the soul” in Judaism, the “garments” to be “thought, speech and action” in Brander Matthews, and “certain virtues and powers not communicable to other men”. Please also compare Wikipedia, for a priori and a posterori.

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