William Collins

Thomas Clubbs, "Dirge, to the Memory of Collins" St. James's Chronicle (11 January 1794).

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.