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Dove Cottage, Daffodils and Ullswater

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          Dove Cottage

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.

                                                       William Wordsworth  1804

Little while ago, we went up to the Lake District and visited Dove Cottage which William shared with his sister Dorothy and later on his wife Mary. This beautiful poem was written about the spring daffodils that touched his heart, while out walking with his sister near Ullswater.

2 thoughts on “Dove Cottage, Daffodils and Ullswater

  1. Beautiful poem and lovely cottage. Makes me dream 🙂

    • Thankyou.. best time about now to see the daffodils. it can get busy there thou. someone told me when we were going to west coast of Ireland to drive roads anti clockwise, to avoid tour buses

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