?

Jane Eyre

Free Version

Upgrade subject to access all content

Difficult

Bessie's Ballad

JNEYR-OKLVUK

What is the overall tone of the following ballad, sung by Bessie?

My feet they are sore, and my limbs they are weary;
Long is the way, and the mountains are wild;
Soon will the twilight close moonless and dreary
Over the path of the poor orphan child.

Why did they send me so far and so lonely,
Up where the moors spread and grey rocks are piled?
Men are hard-hearted, and kind angels only
Watch o'er the steps of a poor orphan child.

Yet distant and soft the night breeze is blowing,
Clouds there are none, and clear stars beam mild,
God, in His mercy, protection is showing,
Comfort and hope to the poor orphan child.

Even should I fall o'er the broken bridge passing,
Or stray in the marshes, by false lights beguiled,
Still will my Father, with promise and blessing,
Take to His bosom the poor orphan child.

There is a thought that for strength should avail me,
Though both of shelter and kindred despoiled;
Heaven is a home, and a rest will not fail me;
God is a friend to the poor orphan child.

A

Sarcastic: The song states that God is a friend to orphans, but the hardships outlined in the verses suggest otherwise.

B

Frank: The song takes a fair and honest look at the cruelties of life.

C

Pleading: The song acts as a prayer, acknowledging the challenges in life for orphans in particular and asking for God's guidance and protection.

D

Joyful: The song reveals that life's trials will be overcome.

E

Bleak: The song claims that most attempts to succeed in life are doomed to failure.