"Daffodils" (1804)

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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Comment by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 11:25pm
Thanks Talia! Funny clip!
Comment by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 11:24pm
I planted pansies today and alyssum, swept away the winter debris and readied the patio for sitting.
Now, a little vino to ease the aching back.
Comment by Sentient Biped on April 18, 2010 at 6:44pm
The lilac garden should be close to its peak now. I have lilacs bought from there, and other places, and mine are all in bloom. The fragrance is impressive.

Apples are blooming nicely too. Cherries are done.

Our daffodils are almost done, but the tulips are in full bloom, and irises will follow soon.

It's a nice time of year for flowers.

I don't spit, but I cuss a lot. At least silently. If people could read thoughts, they would not like me.
Comment by Secular Sue on April 18, 2010 at 1:51pm
Thisbe> Lilacs are my favorite! I've been to H.K. garden, years ago. Been thinking about going again.
My dear, helpful husband "pruned" my miniature lilac down to nothing, so I doubt it will bloom this year. (arghhh!)

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