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4. [My heart leaps up when I behold]

by William Wordsworth, 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.

Tags: aging, childhood, graduation, nature, old age, self

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