Saturday, May 14, 2011





"She Was a Phantom of Delight"

By William Wordsworth

She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin-liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food,
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.

6 comments:

Byron said...

nice new family pic and baby counter. congratulations.

Liesel said...

that was me Sarra, not sure why my hubby was signed in.

Little Bohemia said...

A new baby!?
oh wow am I excited.

Elizabeth said...

Love this poem...I'm enjoying all the lovely poetry that you share:) Can we name the new baby Yellow?

Tisha said...

yeah! congratulations! that is very exciting! do you already know it's a girl? love the poem!

Tisha said...

ok- missed the baby counter the first time...I guess not, with the poem I thought you were announcing the gender too :-) congratulations! girl or boy, they will be just as perfect as the rest!