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Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746 by William Collins | Poets.org

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!

 

Born on December 25, 1721, William Collins was an English poet and author of Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegorical Subjects.

 

 

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