Saturday, November 06, 2010

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud - William Wordsworth

I wandered 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 stretched 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
Outdid 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.

I'm looking forward to a late first snow of the winter season, but this poem reminds me of the thrill of excitement upon seeing the early spring flowers. Natural beauty is surely one of the greatest medicines for the soul.


Carol said...


And I LOVE daffodils.

Thanks for the bit of spring on this snowy, gray day!

otowi said...

I wish we got some of that snow here in my neighborhood, but it hasn't gotten here yet. :)