Monday, April 26, 2010

Mellow Yellow - Daffodils

It is daffodil time, so the robins all cry, For the sun's a big daffodil up in the sky, And when down the midnight the owl call "to-whoo"! Why, then the round moon is a daffodil too; Now sheer to the bough-tops the sap starts to climb, So, merry my masters, it's daffodil time. - Clinton Scollard

"Daffodils" (1804)

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.

By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
Finally the first of the spring bulbs are flowering.


lulu's missives said...

I love daffs, definitely a true sign that Spring has sprung.
I am really enjoying all your flower-power pics.
x jo

LizBeth said...

Beautiful! We sure could use some daffs to perk things up around here. Coolish this morning and overcast. Of course, if the sun was shining, we'd want it to cool off! Our spinach and chard are bursting out of the ground. But the green beans aren't making a showing, yet. Oh, my.

How did the greeting go? That's such an important thing for a church to do. Everyone should be spoken to coming to church. That's wonderful!

Liz, Republic of Texas

Stephanie V said...

I really like those two-tone daffodils. Such a rich yellow.

Tracey said...

Hello I'm back! All my daffs are about done now but the tulips are pretty! xxx

Denise said...

My most favorite, all time poem. Lovely photos too Gill.