What is the power that is mentioned in the poem?    

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One must assume that the Power referred to is the power of God. The influential natural theologian, William Paley, who pre-dated the author of the poem, William Cullen Bryant , believed, and wrote extensively, that God, or the hand of God (God's influence), could be seen in all aspects of...

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One must assume that the Power referred to is the power of God. The influential natural theologian, William Paley, who pre-dated the author of the poem, William Cullen Bryant, believed, and wrote extensively, that God, or the hand of God (God's influence), could be seen in all aspects of the natural world. This is evidently Bryant's belief, too.

So the waterfowl's flight and wanderings, as well as the path of the narrator of the poem, can be seen as guided and pre-ordained by God. This idea is made clear by the poem's last lines:

He, who, from zone to zone, 
Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, 
In the long way that I must tread alone
Will lead my steps aright.

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