‘My Heart Leaps Up’ by William Wordsworth

My Heart Leaps Up

William Wordsworth

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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William Wordsworth, engraving, 1833. (Photo: Photos.com/Getty Images Plus)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English poet who grew to be one of the biggest figures in the Romantic movement. His bibliography has significantly influenced Western literature, and his most famous work The Prelude (1850) was published post-humously to immense acclaim.