"They Seemed Like Old Companions In Adversity"
Context: In "A Winter Piece" Bryant paints poetically a lovely winter landscape and contrasts it briefly with the same scene in other seasons of the year. The poem opens, like Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey," with the poet's memories of past pleasures inspired by beautiful natural scenes, and his early feeling of closeness to Nature in both happy and despondent moods:
While I stoodIn Nature's loneliness, I was with oneWith whom I early grew familiar, oneWho never had a frown for me, whose voiceNever rebuked me for the hours I stoleFrom cares I loved not, but of which the worldDeems highest, to converse with her. When shriekedThe bleak November winds, and smote the woods,And the brown fields were herbless, and the shades,That met above the merry rivulet,Were spoiled, I sought, I loved them still; they seemedLike old companions in adversity.