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The ballad “Poor Orphan Child”, which was sung by Bessie in Jane Eyre, expresses Jane’s struggle to overcome her longing for togetherness and learn to be independent through her stronger spiritual and personal beliefs. The song has a mournful quality which is fitting to Jane because orphans are a reoccurring theme in Jane Eyre. Especially since not only Jane but Adele is said to be parentless and the school where Jane studies and later teaches also includes orphans. The poem starts by accentuating the loneliness that Jane has suffered throughout her entire life. Bessie using the words “sore”, “weary”, and “long is the way”, in the first stanza, implies that Jane’s journey has already been long, and it has worn her out, but also notifies that the journey is nowhere near finished. Although Jane has already conquered a life’s worth of mental suffering, she still has a long way until she’s done. Readers have already learned that Jane has handled a lot of feeble and cruel treatment, which is why Bessie hints at Jane’s feet being sore and her limbs being weary. When Bessie says that “Soon the twilight close moonless and dreary”, she is saying that Jane’s life will first be overwhelmingly dreary then she’ll be able to become happy and more independent. The “men are hardhearted” emphasizes the idea that Jane can’t trust anyone and that she is going through this long journey called life by herself. Regardless of her extensive want for love and affection, Jane needs to learn to prosper without depending on anyone else. She has to learn to be happy with who she is. The poem then shifts into religious symbolism to persuade Jane that although she’s alone physically, she not alone in the spirit. Bessie also states that the “twilight” may have closed in on the orphan child, but the night is “soft”, “clear”, and full of stars. This shows us that there can be beauty in the darkest of times.