Daffodils Along My Ride and a Woodsworth Poem from 1804

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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).

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5 Responses to “Daffodils Along My Ride and a Woodsworth Poem from 1804”
  1. Jen 21 February 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    My mom plants daffodils every year, and has since I was just a wee lass. It’s my absolute favorite sign of spring. Jealous that yours are up already! Happy biking!

  2. kevin watts 21 February 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    Awesome !

  3. Martha Haynes 22 February 2010 at 7:12 am #

    One of these photos is my new wallpaper and thanks for including the poem, always one of my favorites.

  4. donna 22 February 2010 at 5:19 pm #

    Martha — it was quite the day to take pictures…the yellows were shining. Which shot did you choose for your screen saver?

  5. Michelle 19 April 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    My mom plants daffodils every year, and has since I was just a wee lass. It’s my absolute favorite sign of spring. Jealous that yours are up already! Happy biking!

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