William Wordsworth
Wordsworth (in an 1873 reproduction of an 1839 watercolor by Margaret Gillies)

My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold
by William Wordsworth
[composed 26 March 1802, published in 1807]

My heart leaps up when I behold
     A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
     Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

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