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Daffodils

April 24th, 2010

Every time that I see daffodils I think about the poem by William Wordsworth that 2 different English
teachers required me to memorize and recite in front of the class.  Of course, the second time was a breeze and I STILL remember “most” of it.  There was no recollection at all of the third verse, however.
Here you go….
Daffodils
by William Wordsworth

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 their 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 leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but 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.

…………and i go “whew” and then back to my desk.

Have a happy Saturday!

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