“The Genesis of Butterflies” by Victor Hugo

The dawn is smiling on the dew that covers
The tearful roses; lo, the little lovers
That kiss the buds, and all the flutterings
In jasmine bloom, and privet, of white wings,
That go and come, and fly, and peep and hide,
With muffled music, murmured far and wide.
Ah, the Spring time, when we think of all the lays
That dreamy lovers send to dreamy mays,
Of the fond hearts within a billet bound,
Of all the soft silk paper that pens wound,
The messages of love that mortals write
Filled with intoxication of delight,
Written in April and before the May time
Shredded and flown, playthings for the wind’s playtime,
We dream that all white butterflies above,
Who seek through clouds or waters souls to love,
And leave their lady mistress in despair,
To flit to flowers, as kinder and more fair,
Are but torn love-letters, that through the skies
Flutter, and float, and change to butterflies.


Victor Marie Hugo was born on February 26, 1802.  He was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist.  Many consider Hugo one of the most well-known French Romantic writers. In France, Hugo’s literary fame stems from his poetry, his novels, and his dramatic achievements.  Hugo’s most famous volumes of poetry include Les Contemplations and La Legende des siecles.  But, his best-known works are the novels Les Miserables and Notre-Dame de Paris, known in English as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.  He died on May 22, 1885.