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.


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!