I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
Parts: SATB & Piano
Text by: William Wordsworth
Music by: Mitchell Fund
My sister introduced me to this poem: she created her own version to make it about the seagrass she spent years researching while pursuing her doctorate. I was very taken by her version, but unfortunately it didn't set to music as well as the original text!
Still, the music reflects the waves of the ocean, and the original poem is set between a bay and a lake. So I like to imagine this poem representing the beauty of nature both above and below the water.
This sheet music is free to use as much as you’d like, but please don't share it outside your group as that may interfere with my ability to charge for it in the future.
If you are planning a performance using this music, I’d love to hear from you!
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed and gazed but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.