1 Sep 2008

I wandered lonely as a cloud

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

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

Please click on THIS LINK from my WP blog to read more about William Wordsworth and to see more pictures which I took when visiting the house where he was born in Cockermouth, the western part of the Lake District in England. If you understand Afrikaans, you can also read my Afrikaans version/interpretation of his poem and I call my poem..."The Dance of the Daffodils". You can also read about his sister, Dorothy, and her journal.

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