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William Wordsworth's "Daffodils"

by Douglas L. Bishop on 3/24/2008 19:09

Daffodils (1804)

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 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.

	-William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

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