"All history present in that visage, the child the father of the man"
William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850)
Public DomainWilliam Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) - Credit: The Yorck Project

This is a revision of the line ‘The Child is father of the Man’ from William Wordsworth’s 1802 poem ‘My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold’ (sometimes known as ‘The Rainbow’).

 

          My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold

         

          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;

              I could wish my days to be

          Bound each to each by natural piety.