ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Thomas Clubbs, "Dirge, to the Memory of Collins" St. James's Chronicle (11 January 1794).
1746: Thomas Gray
1746: Rev. Joseph Warton
1754: Samuel Johnson
1764: Rev. John Langhorne
1768: G. B.
1770: James Beattie
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1781: William Preston
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1782: Rev. William Bagshaw Stevens
1784: William Cowper
1785: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1785 ca.: Susanna Blamire
1786: Dr. Thomas Chalkley James
1792: Thomas Dermody
1793: Thomas Clio Rickman
1794: Robert Alves
1794: Thomas Clubbs
1795: William Hayley
1795: William Seward
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796 ca.: William Hayley
1796: C. D.
1797: Thomas Enort Smith
1798: Dr. Nathan Drake
1798: Edward Gardner
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Leigh Hunt
1805: Rev. Henry Boyd
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Anne Grant
1810 ca.: Thomas Park
1810: Rev. Elijah Waring
1810: William Hersee
1813: Sir Walter Scott
1813: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1815: Lord Byron
1815: William Wordsworth
1816: E. Walgrave
1818: William Hazlitt
1821: R. T.
1822: Chandos Leigh
1823: Leigh Hunt
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1824: William Hazlitt
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Thomas Stott
1826: Richard Ryan
1828: Rev. Edward Smedley
1829: William Wordsworth
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Charles Crocker
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: Robert Aris Willmott
1833: James Montgomery
1835: Robert Southey
1880: Algernon Charles Swinburne
1882: Epes Sargent
1794: William Collins
Of wither'd leaves and ever greens,
Come, Village Maids, and weave a wreath;
A son of soul that green turf screens,
Light lie the hallow'd earth beneath.
The tansy pale, the lily fair,
Upon that hallow'd earth shall blow;
No berried nightshade flourish there,
Nor venom'd nettle dare to grow.
No fungus brown in dark midnight,
The passing night-mare fiend shall strew;
But virgin *glow-worms rob'd in light,
Impearl their lover's wings with dew.
Unhurt by wind, or rain, or snow,
The leaf shall there perpetual reign;
And ev'ry plant that there shall grow,
Sweet scents and healing virtue gain.
The female Fays around the grave,
In mystick rings shall mark the ground;
Lest where the tufts of high-grass wave,
The lurking snail or slug be found.
The busied red-breast there shall fly,
And mosses light and rose-leaves spread;
The bee unload his little thigh,
And insects **honey-dew be shed.
No frog shall croak, no owl shall scream,
No bat shall shake his shiv'ring wing;
But by pale Eve-star's twinkling beam,
The nest-robb'd nightingale shall sing.
And when the mother bird, forlorn,
Has wept away her mourning song,
Beetles shall wind the hollow horn,
And twilight chaffers buzz along.
* The male glow-worm is wing'd. It is the female that exhibits the phosphorescent appearance.
** It is observed by Rigby, in his Chemical Observations on Sugar, that the vine-fretter deposits a matter similar to the honey-dew upon the leaves of the vine: the same has been observed of an insect found upon the common hasie.