Monday, February 28, 2011

A Host Of Golden Daffodils

Oh, the very delight of daffodils in bloom, the seasons rewaken.

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 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.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud ~William Wordsworth ( 1804 )


Sharon said...

You have daffodils? Pretty! Where on earth are mine?

How odd, as I read the poem, I was thinking "I know this" and then sure enough, I did! Guess my mind isn't as shot as I thought it was!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Yes, Sharon everywhere !
Get a move

Betsy said...

Beautiful! I actually saw 3 inch sprouts in my yard today! :)

Country Gal said...

I planted the mix of colors last year and are awaiting their arival. I love your post and photo ! Have a wonderful day !

Star said...

I saw the first ones here yesterday. They were narcissus though, the very small ones. They were growing in profusion on the bank of someone's front yard. Very pretty and SO welcome.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love this poem and think of it every spring!! I'm glad spring has come to you--Our turn HAS to be next!!


What lovely daffodils! I think you have a good jump of about 60 days on us snowbirds in Ohio! Thanks for sharing.

Mama-Bug said...

How lovely! They are like little bright spots of sunshine.

Verde Farm said...

Now that is a sure sign of spring :)

ann said...

My favorite poem. Our daffodils are weeks and weeks away yet, and I will honor mine with the same poem. I have been to Wordsworth's homes, Dove Cottage and Mount Rydal, wondered his gardens, pondered his poetry, and studied his life. Thanks for sharing it again. cheers. ann

Barbara Anne said...

This is my favorite poem, too!

I'm looking forward to our daffodils, too, but they're just peeking up from the ground.


黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful spring motives ...

Snowbrush said...

That was the first of many poems I've memorized as an adult.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Oh Jo I love daffodils. The name reminds me of my mother who was from England...Daphne. When she came over from England (to Canada) for the first time right after the war my Dad's Mom painted the kitchen walls in Daffodil yellow in her honor. I don't have any here on the farm yet but this fall I plan on planting them everywhere Shep can't pee on them ;)
Enjoy your week.
Maura :)

Snapper II said...

Beautiful Photos
lovely words by william Wordsworth.
Let spring bring Joy and Peace.

Gaston Studio said...

Our daffodils are about halfway there, can't wait until they burst into bloom. Also love this particular poem.

W. Latane Barton said...

One of my favorite poems. And, with pictures to accompany it. Great.

Louise said...

You have daffodils! I am green with envy. They're just beginning to poke their shoots up out of the ground here, and won't start to bloom for quite a while yet.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Jo, Sorry to hear about your hubby's Aunt Maxine. My mother-in-law has dementia --and it's sad to see her like that.

Your Daffodils are beautiful. Ours are growing --but haven't bloomed yet... We have some Crocus in bloom (if they don't blow away today).. ha

Glad Oliver is doing well.

Roxie said...

Walking through Cornwall in the spring as a college student. We came over the crest of a hihll and saw one commercial grower's field blanketing the next hillside in yellow. It was almost audible. Wordsworth had it right!!

Deanna said...

Saw daffodils in Oklahoma this pastweek-end! Was delighted to see part of Kansas is too cold yet.

Waiting their arrival,

Custom Comforts said...

Oh your daffodils are in bloom already!!! How exciting. Ours are still safely tucked underground. I keep forgetting to tell you how much I love your new banner. You have the prettiest pictures.