William and Dorothy Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

(*7 April 1770 – † 23 April 1850)

True beauty dwells in deep retreats, 
Whose veil is unremoved 
Till heart with heart in concord beats, 
And the lover is beloved.
    To ____ . (Let other Bards of Angels sing), st. 3 (1824)
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    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.