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Response to Wordsworth - by The Daffodils
By Ruan Mills Burke   
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Last edited: Friday, August 12, 2011
Posted: Friday, August 12, 2011

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*This is not my own work but a piece that I love and wanted to share.

A poem by William Bealby-Wright

We wondered - nay, we said out loud 
'Oh happy, happy daffodils!' 
Alas but we had not allowed 
For him who haunts these gloomy hills 
His muffler flapping in the breeze 
Muttering and stumbling through the trees  

Lugubrious as the sheep that pine 
And sulk behind each boulder damp 
He stands disconsolate for a time 
Underneath his dripping gamp 
While all about the raindrops fall 
We wish to god he would not call 
We wish to hell he'd wander on 
We've never been so sorely tried 
A daffodil thus gazed upon 
Might well consider suicide 
He stares and stares, 'How rude!' we sing 
'What blank despair to us you bring' 
For oft, as in this bog we lie 
In vacant or in pensive mood 
He'll loom upon that inward eye 
Which is the curse of solitude 
And then our hearts of pleasure drain 
To see that dreary bard again. 
by William Bealby-Wright 




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