William Collins was born at Chichester and was educated at Winchester College and at Magdalen College, Oxford. His Persian Eclogues (1742) were published anonymously when he was seventeen. Coming up to London from Oxford he tried to establish himself as an author. He published Odes on Several Descriptive and Allegorical Subjects (1746) with his friend Joseph Warton whilst in London. The volume did... more »
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''Each lonely scene shall thee restore;William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. A Fidele (l. 21-24). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (N...
For thee the tear be duly shed;
Beloved till life can charm no more,
And mourn'd till Pity's self be dead.''
''To fair Fidele's grassy tombWilliam Collins (1721-1759), British poet. A Fidele (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New...
Soft maids and village hinds shall bring
Each opening sweet of earliest bloom,
And rifle all the breathing spring.''
''How sleep the brave who sink to restWilliam Collins (1721-1759), British poet. How Sleep the Brave (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds...
By all their country's wishes blest!''
''In yonder Grave a Druid liesWilliam Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson (l. 1-4 N1748). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, ...
Where slowly winds the Stealing Wave!
The Year's best Sweets shall duteous rise
To deck its Poet's sylvan Grave!''
''And thou, thou rich-haired youth of morn,William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode on the Poetical Character (l. 39-40). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. ...
And all thy subject life was born!''
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