“…by cultivating in their own minds, and those of their children, the divine principle of general benevolence” (921).
On the final pages of the Story of the Robins, when referring to Mrs. Benson, I think Trimmer is speaking. I think Trimmer placed herself in the story with Mrs. Benson, because these final summaries of what children and nature should do pretty much are what was stated about Trimmer’s belief in pages 599-605.
“The animals and the children are taken from Isaiah 11:6-8,…including the lion eating straw with the ox…” (923).
I just wanted to point out that this image by Edward Hicks was one that popped out when I was searching for a good image to represent Isaiah 11 when reading it last week for “Animals in the Bible” on page 516 in our course anthology.
“I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion / Has broken Nature’s social union, / An’ justifies that illl opinion, which makes thee startle, / At me, thy poor, earth-born companion, an’ fellow-mortal!” (924).
This stanza of the poem is incredibly representative of today’s ideologies regarding man vs. nature. I like how the speaker is apologizing to a mouse about man’s dominion (dominion has been such a theme in our recent readings) over nature. I also like how the speaker states bluntly how man tries to justify the broken social union with Nature. Man has constantly interfered with nature, and has no apologies. The image I attached is fitting because the face of the man is pretty malevolent and asserting his dominance (aka dominion) over a mouse who was just trying to maintain her nest for the winter.
“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, / The earth, and every common sight, / To me did seem / Apparell’d in celestial light, / The glory in the freshness of a dream, / It is not now as it hath been of yore” (927).
This dreamlike state in the first stanza of the poem is what I think best describes the speaker’s memories of what heaven was like. However, I do like how this perception of heaven is not materialistic, but rather natural and truly Romantic.