I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud | William Wordsworth (1802)


 Hans Gude, Cloud Study over the Sea, 1870


                                          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
                                              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, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, 1802
                                                          It was first published in 1807

A hand-written manuscript of William Wordsworth's 'I wandered lonely as a cloud' also known as 'Daffodils' (1802)

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