How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?

How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?

How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?

How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?

There seems to be a progression in the manner in which Nature treats us according to Longfellow.  He intimates that this is part of a larger design or a configuration that cannot be known to us.  When we are children, Longfellow opens with the idea that nature leads us for we are active participants in it and this allows for us to be led as our intelligences and sensibilities cannot outstrip this mother, who understands the path and leads us on it.  As we age and become older, our “play things,” or aspects of our temporal state of being are taken away more.  Through this natural withering of the condition of being, we are “led” by nature into the next world.  The aged condition that awaits us all covers us in a shroud of “sleep,” which allows us to be led more openly as the reality of what is beyond this life becomes more real, with definable features as we become older and age.  This process where we have changed, but the world and all of its natural splendor has remained intact is what allows us to be led.
How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?
How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?
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How according to H.W.LONGFELLOW, does Nature gradually lead us towards death in his poem "Nature"?
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