15 March 2006

Oh, and speaking of Spring...

As vicar and I were driving in St. Louis yesterday we saw the daffodils coming out all along Highway 40, fluttering and dancing in the breeze, and that reminds of ANOTHER poem - Wordsworth, this time:

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.


Petersen said...

This is a great poem. I've loved it all my life. I especially love:

"When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;"

It so perfectly captures the mood, the surpise, the spontaneous beauty of a field of daffodils.

William Weedon said...