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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Ode: ‘How sleep the brave, who sink to rest’
By William Collins (1721–1759)
 
[Written in the beginning of the year 1746.]

HOW sleep the brave, who sink to rest
By all their country’s wishes blessed!
When spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallowed mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod        5
Than fancy’s feet have ever trod.
 
By fairy hands their knell is rung;
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;        10
And Freedom shall awhile repair,
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there!
 
 
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