"Nature's holy plan"

A quotation from William Wordsworth's 'Lines Written in Early Spring'.

One of the key ideas of late-eighteenth century Romantic poets such as Wordsworth was the pathetic fallacy. This is the belief that the natural world is benevolent to us and responds to our experiences and emotions. For Hardy, thirty years after Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species had rocked the western world, such an idea was untenable.