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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
How Sleep the Brave

William Collins (1721–1759)
 
HOW 1 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 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 gray,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay,        10
And Freedom shall awhile repair
To dwell, a weeping hermit, there!
 
Note 1. Collins. Written in the beginning of the year 1746. [back]
 
 
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