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William Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (commonly known as "Daffodils"), 1804-1807.

Widely cited as the most famous poem in the English language, William Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud," is the likely source for the title of Charles Webster Hawthorne's A Golden Host of Daffodils_._

William Wordsworth, "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" (commonly known as "Daffodils"), originally published in 1807

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.

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Wordsworth Trust
This is the opening stanza from Wordsworth's second version (1815) of this poem. You can read both versions of the complete poem through the Wordsworth Trust.