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William Collins, born December 25, 1721, was an English poet. He is the author of Ode Occasion’d by the Death of Mr. Thomson (1749), Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegorical Subjects (1746), and Persian Eclogues (1742). He died in Sussex, England, on June 12, 1759.

Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mold,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.

By fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honor comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall a-while repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there!

This poem is in the public domain.

This poem is in the public domain.

William Collins

William Collins, born December 25, 1721, was an English poet. He is the author of Ode Occasion’d by the Death of Mr. Thomson (1749), Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegorical Subjects (1746), and Persian Eclogues (1742). He died in Sussex, England, on June 12, 1759.