1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Anonymous, in "Genius. Pronounced before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at their last Anniversary" General Repository and Review [Cambridge MA] 4 (October 1813) 383.



Remembrance oft shall haunt with awe the spot,
Where frantic COLLINS raved — and was forgot;
Where his wild shriek, or sullen, phrenzied moan,
Mixed with the pealing organ's vesper tone:
The wreck of feeling still would linger near,
To catch the sounds its childhood loved to hear.
Sweet bird of Albion! thy too fragile wing
Was formed for gentler skies, for ceaseless spring;
Yet was thine ardent weakness doomed to fly
Through wintry winds, and brave a stormy sky;
Till to the ground thy faded form was born,
Thy bold notes silenced, and thy plumage torn!