Wednesday, February 8, 2012

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 )


Anonymous said...

oh to dance with the daffodils once again! Lovely!

Country Gal said...

Lovely post and photo ! My Daffodils are starting to pop above ground . I planted the mixed ones 2 years ago. Also my hyacinths are poking up! Have a wonderful day !

L. D. said...

Daffodils are so special as they do give us our first hope of the flowering season.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

This is very nice !

Carol............. said...

Beautiful poem!

Elizabeth said...


Sharon said...

I was out and about today and noticed all the blooms! I also saw some trees that were budding out, forsythia in full glory, and a couple bushes with pink blossoms. Now it's getting chilly with that cold front coming, too bad :( My Naked Ladies are in full foliage, I wonder if they will bloom this summer, after they freeze off?

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Beautiful, I can not wait for spring to come here in South Dakota!

Terry said...

Do you have daffodils already? I'm jealous!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Do you know how much I love the poem and the photo? So very much!
I do not have any daffodils outside- not yet. But, I do have snow drops!

Jodie said...

I love Daffies, they are the most cheerful flowers aren't they? They grow on mass in my garden too - but I have six months to wait...

matron said...

This is still one of my favorite poems and I can recite it
from memory.
Our dafs are in bud they should be in bloom soon,very early for us as they do not usually bloom till April.

MadSnapper said...

mother had a yard full of these beauties but in the south we call them jonquils. she had them in a window box outside her kitchen window, so she could look at them while she did her dishes.

Patsy said...

Mine are coming up but no blooms yet.

Rob said...

We don't have any Daffodils out yet.

Steven Cain said...

Silly Daffs. Mine are up too. They're my favorite. I hope we don't get another hard freeze... my fingers are crossed.

Mel said...

This makes me want to head to Tennessee and see those flowers! I am on my way to Floriday in a couple of weeks; maybe I'll see some there!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Jo, Beautiful Daffodils. And I love the Wordsworth poem... VERY nice!

Hope our low temperatures this weekend don't kill all of the new spring growth/plants/flowers... I'm worried since they say our temp could go down to 10 degrees tomorrow night. GADS!!!

Have a good weekend and stay WARM.

Vicki Boster said...

Our daffodils here in KY are also starting to show-- and our crocus are in full bloom-- I think they are in for a rude awakening here over the next few days--
Hate to see them freeze---

It's just been such a mild winter here!

Beautiful photos--