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William Collins

(1721 - 1759 / England)

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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;
    For thee the tear be duly shed;
    Beloved till life can charm no more,
    And mourn'd till Pity's self be dead.''
    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...
  • ''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.''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. A Fidele (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New...
  • ''How sleep the brave who sink to rest
    By all their country's wishes blest!''
    William 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...
  • ''In yonder Grave a Druid lies
    Where slowly winds the Stealing Wave!
    The Year's best Sweets shall duteous rise
    To deck its Poet's sylvan Grave!''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode Occasioned by the Death of Mr. Thomson (l. 1-4 N1748). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, ...
  • ''And thou, thou rich-haired youth of morn,
    And all thy subject life was born!''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode on the Poetical Character (l. 39-40). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. ...
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