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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
William Collins. (1721–1759)
 
 
1
    In numbers warmly pure and sweetly strong.
          Ode to Simplicity.
2
    Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell:
’T is virtue makes the bliss, where’er we dwell. 1
          Oriental Eclogues. 1, Line 5.
3
    How sleep the brave who sink to rest
By all their country’s wishes bless’d!
          Ode written in the year 1746.
4
    By fairy hands their knell is rung; 2
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!
          Ode written in the year 1746.
5
    When Music, heavenly maid, was young,
While yet in early Greece she sung.
          The Passions. Line 1.
6
    Fill’d with fury, rapt, inspired.
          The Passions. Line 10.
7
    ’T was sad by fits, by starts ’t was wild.
          The Passions. Line 28.
8
    In notes by distance made more sweet. 3
          The Passions. Line 60.
9
    In hollow murmurs died away.
          The Passions. Line 68.
10
    O Music! sphere-descended maid,
Friend of Pleasure, Wisdom’s aid!
          The Passions. Line 95.
  
  
  
11
    In yonder grave a Druid lies.
          Death of Thomson.
12
    Too nicely Jonson knew the critic’s part;
Nature in him was almost lost in Art.
          To Sir Thomas Hammer on his Edition of Shakespeare.
13
    Each lonely scene shall thee restore;
  For thee the tear be duly shed,
Belov’d till life can charm no more,
  And mourn’d till Pity’s self be dead.
          Dirge in Cymbeline.
 
Note 1.
See Pope, Quotation 56. [back]
Note 2.
Var. By hands unseen the knell is rung;
By fairy forms their dirge is sung. [back]
Note 3.
Sweetest melodies.
Are those that are by distance made more sweet.
William Wordsworth: Personal Talk, stanza 2. [back]
 

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