Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday

Dorothy Wordsworth was born on 25th December 1771, and every year she celebrated her birthday on Christmas Day.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a beautiful poem - Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday, where a merry celebration will take place in Dove Cottage, with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

Up, rapt at her gate,
Dorothy Wordsworth ages
One year in an hour;
Her Christmas birthday
inventoried by an owl
clock-eyed, time-keeper

Tom Duxbury's illustrations are absolutely glorious and add so much to the text.