Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring … Sunshine … Soon …

It is always a sure sign of spring when
Mr. Edmunds gets to Wordsworth in the
Survey of English Literature. The day holds
sightings of him around Yuba campus with
the daffodils he proudly grows in his own
garden. Of course they grace the podium
as he teaches, but they also show up on
assorted desks around the campus as well.


I wander'd 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 stretch'd 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.

- William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

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