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In this poem Fenerty is not the speaker. It is about a blind lady who requests a person's assistance to see her through her garden. Though this poem might have been written when the Public Gardens first opened in Halifax back in the last 1800s, the poem is about Fenerty's affection for his gardens. Charles Fenerty and his wife (Anne Maria Hamilton) were very close to their gardens. Sometimes when their nieces and nephews would visits they'd take the time telling the young children the names of the flowers. Charles and Ann often ventured off in the woods together, they were true naturalists. Every morning Charles would go out to his garden and hunt down any new weeds that might have grown over night. Many people commented on how lovely they kept their gardens. This poem might have been inspired by a blind lady who might have actually asked Fenerty for a guided tour around her gardens, but more likely, and poetically, it might be an analogy of how Fenerty feels about his gardens. In a realm where perception is a key factor in being fully aware of natures beauty, his handicap makes apparent the loss of awareness and the unity of two of God's creations. For the poet, this might be enough to get choked up.

No more the flowers which deck the sod
My sightless orbs, shall greet;
Yet mine the joy – I thank my God –
I still may breathe their sweet.

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