The Child is Father of the Man

My Heart Leaps Up

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.”

– William Wordsworth