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It's from a poem by William Wordsworth:

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

The phrase means that what we are when young gives shape and, in a sense, gives birth to what we are when grown.
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