I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

For those of us in a “vacant or pensive mood” I give you 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 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.

Williams Wordsworth 1804



Filed under Poems, Books and Reviews

5 responses to “I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

  1. Maarit Harkonen

    Yes, they are coming, daffodils, also to Finland’s spring… after few weeks … but your writings have already given something like daffodils are giving …. thank you & God bless you and your loved ones !

  2. Natalia Nauman

    Thank you, Fr. James.

    I could use some pensive, beautiful imagery today. This worked. 🙂


  3. Marlene kaim

    Thank for the pensive moment, Fr. James.
    The bluebonnets are splendid this Spring all along the
    Hill country in Texas!

  4. Joan

    Makes me yearn for a walk alone.

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