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 gazed – and gazed – 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.
We are really hoping Spring will arrive soon here at Dairy Barns but in the meantime we wanted to share with you one of our favourite poems – one of William Wordsworth’s most famous works.
It was inspired by an event on April 15, 1802, in which Wordsworth and his sister, Dorothy, came across a “long belt” of daffodils. Written at some time between 1804 and 1807 (in 1804 on Wordsworth’s own account), it was first published in 1807 in Poems in Two Volumes, and a revised version was published in 1815.
Come on Spring, show us some signs that you are just around the corner.