William Wordsworth's

"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"


Poems, in Two Volumes

[London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1807]

from Volume Two, "Moods of My Own Mind" #7


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 Daffodills;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees, 5
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: 10
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 15
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

Additional stanza found elsewhere, between stanzas 1 & 2:
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.