I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

Dutch tulip field

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 dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: –
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gaz’d – and gaz’d – but little thought
What wealth the shew 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.

— William Wordsworth from ‘Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7′ (1807)


2 thoughts on “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud

  1. My favourite poem, I had to learn it off as a kid but unfortunately you have it all wrong..

    “A host of golden daffodils,
    beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    fluttering and dancing in the breeze

    Ten thousand saw I at a glance
    tossing their heads in sprightly dance….”


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