And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

The old woman makes people feel warm and blessed, guiding them towards the right path through her life-long experience, as the winter sun.

Stanza

As the spent radience

Of the winter sun,
So is a woman

With her travail done.

Paraphrase

The old woman makes people feel warm and blessed, guiding them towards the right path through her life-long experience, as the winter sun.