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In 1855, the Duwamish chief, Chief Seattle, famous to white people for a benign speech about caring for the earth, also gave a speech that said, "And when the last Red Man shall have perished, and the memory of my tribe shall have become a myth among the white man, these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children's children think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway, or in the silence of the pathless woods, they will not be alone .
O dreamer that I may plunge / Into pure and pathless delight Know how to keep my wing in your hand / By a subtle falsehood A twilight coolness / Comes to you at each fluttering (battement; "beating"), Whose captive stroke (coup prisonnier) / Delicately pushes back the horizon.
It's when I'm weary of considerations, And life is too much like a pathless wood Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs Broken across it, and one eye is weeping From a twig's having lashed across it open.
This proposition will be tested through close readings of three of Curnow's poems in particular--'At Dead Low Water', 'Landfall in Unknown Seas' and 'There Is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods', respectively--before opening out into a broader consideration of Curnow's construction of the place of nature and the place of humankind within nature.
And it's a stiff push up rugged, pathless ground in surroundings that could be a real test in mist.
There is a Power whose care Teaches thy way along that pathless coast-- The desert and illimitable air-- Lone wandering, but not lost.
Tears sprang to her eyes, blotting him out, and with them she sprang forth into a pathless darkness, conscious far away behind her, soon to be obliterated on the unknown shores opening ahead, but there gladly in hand, of a debt, signed and to be honoured even against her will, by life, surprised once more at this darkest moment, smiling at her secretly behind all she could gather of opposing reason and clamourous protests of unworthiness.
Let this, therefore, first of all be before our eyes: to see any other knowledge of predestination than what the Word of God discloses is not less insane than if one should purpose to walk in a pathless waste, or to see in darkness" (McKim 112).
Full wide and far was terror spread For pathless marsh, and mountain cell, The peasant left his lowly shed.
5 Developments in Australia and New Zealand Samuel Beswick, Case Note, Perlustration in the Pathless Woods: Hamed v R, 17 AUCKLAND U.
8 From the summit of Mynydd Moel descend south to south east on fairly pathless terrain.