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 grow old Or let me die! The chid is father of the man And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety. William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
When you see the word ‘behold’ you know it is vintage literature. But what a strong word; far greater than see or observe. You are instructed to hold in your mind and contemplate. You must be still and hold for awhile in deepest consideration. And perhaps this is very appropriate in today’s constant 24 by 7 business rush.
This is a clear statement that Wordworth’s religion was nature. And that if he could not appreciate nature then life is just not worth living.
I came across the line – the chid is father of the man when at school not knowing the context and not understanding the meaning. I could not see the child growing to become a man. And I definitely could not see a child as father to the man. It does enforce the natural progression of humanity and the importance of children.
I was lucky to be in the right place for the following heart leap photo –
caught between two rocks out of the unknowing deep her sorrowful face