William Collins

(1721 - 1759 / England)

Quotations

  • ''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. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''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 ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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. Oxford University Press.
  • ''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, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abrams, general ed. (5th ed., 1986) W. W. Norton & Company.
  • ''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. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Long by the loved Enthusiast wooed,
    Himself in some diviner mood,''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode on the Poetical Character (l. 29-30). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''And Truth, in sunny vest arrayed,
    By whose the tarsel's eyes were made;''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode on the Poetical Character (l. 45-46). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''All the shad'wy tribes of Mind,
    In braided dance their murmurs joined,''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode on the Poetical Character (l. 47-48). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Now Air is hush'd, save where the weak-ey'd Bat,
    With short shrill Shriek flits by on leathern Wing,
    Or where the Beetle winds
    His small but sullen Horn,''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode to Evening (l. 9-12). . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John Hollander, general eds. (1973) Oxford University Press (Also published as six paperback vols.: Medieval English Literature, J. B. Trapp, ed.; The Literature of Renaissance England, John Hollander and Frank Kermode, eds.; The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century, Martin Price, ed.; Romantic Poetry and Prose, Harold Bloom and Lionel Trilling, eds.; Victorian Prose and Poetry, Lionel Trilling and Harold Bloom, eds.; Modern British Literature, Frank Kermode and John Hollander, eds.).
  • ''Though taste, though genius bless
    To some divine excess,
    Faint's the cold work till thou inspire the whole;
    What each, what all supply,
    May court, may charm our eye,
    Thou, only thou, canst raise the meeting soul!''
    William Collins (1721-1759), British poet. Ode to Simplicity (l. 43-48). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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Ode To Evening

If aught of oaten stop or pastoral song
May hope, chaste Eve, to soothe thy modest ear,
Like thy own solemn springs,
Thy springs, and dying gales,
O nymph reserved, while now the bright-haired sun
Sits in yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts,
With brede ethereal wove,
O'erhang his wavy bed:

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