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William Collins
1721 - 1759

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Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746

 

1746

1746

Ode, Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746

1 How sleep the brave who sink to rest
2 By all their country's wishes blest!
3 When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
4 Returns to deck their hallow'd mold,
5 She there shall dress a sweeter sod
6 Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
7 By fairy hands their knell is rung,
8 By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
9 There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
10 To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
11 And Freedom shall awhile repair,
12 To dwell a weeping hermit there!


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