I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud
- That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
- A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
- And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
- Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
- Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
- In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
- In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
- Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.
- By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
Yesterday I picked ten daffodils from Mrs. Mary’s garden. She has been dead over five years and the daffodils continue to inspire me every year. Her wild roses surround the daffodils but they continue to thrive. Last night my husband and I picked the daffodils because lately I’ve enjoyed seeing flowers at the dinner table and anywhere in my house actually!
Then I remembered Wordsworth’s poem which I did with my students each year and thought I should share the poem and a photo of my daffodils with you. For a longer write-up on the daffodils, see my other blog http://www.lovinglifeinnewfoundland.posterous.com
- Daffodils by William Wordsworth (poetrybytheclueless.wordpress.com)
- William Wordsworth – Daffodils (englishvillage.wordpress.com)
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- Welcome Spring! (studiolightblue.com)
- “consider the daffodil, and while you’re doing that, i’ll be over here, looking through your stuff” (wsj2day.com)
- Daffodil Hill (bogsofohio.wordpress.com)
- Loyal Daffodils (parkergraylife.com)