To the same Flower (second poem). William Wordsworth – 1802.


Follow-up poem to, “To the Small Celandine”.

Play an audio version of this poem.

Bright flower, whose home is everywhere!
A Pilgrim bold in Nature's care,
And all the long year through the heir
⁠Of joy or sorrow,
Methinks that there abides in thee
Some concord with humanity,
Given to no other Flower I see
⁠The forest thorough!

Is it that Man is soon deprest?
A thoughtless Thing! who, once unblest,
Does little on his memory rest,
⁠Or on his reason,
And Thou would'st teach him how to find
A shelter under every wind,
A hope for times that are unkind
⁠And every season?

Thou wanderest the wide world about,
Unchecked by pride or scrupulous doubt,
With friends to greet thee, or without,
⁠Yet pleased and willing;
Meek, yielding to the occasion's call,
And all things suffering from all,
Thy function apostolical
⁠In peace fulfilling.

Poet's Corner

Like so many, my first contact with poetry was at school. In my teens I tried my hand at poetry and found that I rather enjoyed it. As a musician, poetry enabled me to write songs - really cool to be a teenager and strumming out your own songs (badly in my case) on the guitar. I decided to build this site alongside a corresponding YouTube channel (Poets' Corner) and include both a narrated version of each poem along with the printed version. Having always loved (and many times visited) The Lake District in northwest England it seemed only right to start with Wiliam Wordsworth and, once I've created a significant body of his work, I'll start working on other poets.

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