TO THE DAISY
This and the other Poems addressed to the same flower were
composed at Town-end, Grasmere, during the earlier part of my
residence there. I have been censured for the last line but one--
"thy function apostolical"--as being little less than profane. How
could it be thought so? The word is adopted with reference to its
derivation, implying something sent on a mission; and assuredly
this little flower, especially when the subject of verse, may be
regarded, in its humble degree, as administering both to moral and
to spiritual purposes.
BRIGHT Flower! whose home is everywhere,
Bold in maternal Nature's care,
And all the long year through the heir
Of joy or sorrow;
Methinks that there abides in thee
Some concord with humanity,
Given to no other flower I see
The forest thorough!
Is it that Man is soon deprest?
A thoughtless Thing! who, once unblest,
Does little on his memory rest,
Or on his reason,
And Thou would'st teach him how to find
A shelter under every wind,
A hope for times that are unkind
And every season?
Thou wander'st the wide world about,
Unchecked by pride or scrupulous doubt,
With friends to greet thee, or without,
Yet pleased and willing;
Meek, yielding to the occasion's call,
And all things suffering from all
Thy function apostolical
In peace fulfilling.