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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
 
Dirge in Cymbeline
By William Collins (1721–1759)
 
TO fair Fidele’s grassy tomb
  Soft maids and village hinds shall bring
Each opening sweet of earliest bloom,
  And rifle all the breathing spring.
 
No wailing ghost shall dare appear        5
  To vex with shrieks this quiet grove;
But shepherd lads assembled here,
  And melting virgins own their love.
 
No withered witch shall here be seen;
  No goblins lead their nightly crew:        10
The female fays shall haunt the green,
  And dress thy grave with pearly dew!
 
The redbreast oft, at evening hours,
  Shall kindly lend his little aid,
With hoary moss, and gathered flowers,        15
  To deck the ground where thou art laid.
 
When howling winds and beating rain,
  In tempests shake the sylvan cell;
Or ’midst the chase, on every plain,
  The tender thought on thee shall dwell;        20
 
Each lonely scene shall thee restore;
  For thee the tear be duly shed;
Beloved till life can charm no more,
  And mourned till pity’s self be dead.
 
 
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