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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4234
AUTHOR:William Collins (1721–1759)
QUOTATION:By fairy hands their knell is rung; 1
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honour comes, a pilgrim gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there!
ATTRIBUTION:Ode written in the year 1746.
 
Note 1.
Var. By hands unseen the knell is rung;
By fairy forms their dirge is sung. [back]
 

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