1792 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Thomas Dermody, "Sonnet, to the Memory of Collins" Poems: consisting of Essays, Lyric, Elegiac, &c. (1792) 85.



Peace, sweet Enthusiast! to thy gentle shade,
Whose timid step immortal FANCY led,
Where the mix'd PASSIONS throng'd the holy glade;
Or, where SPRING linger'd o'er FIDELE'S bed.

Wild, as the lucid lightning's sudden blaze,
Thine awful genius struck the golden string,
The Muse, in Thee, her brightest store displays;
And from thy page the sparks of phrenzy spring!

O'er thy lone tomb shall injured MERIT weep,
And POESY, the baneful harp, discard;
O! could not WORTH thy peace unbroken, keep!
O! could not TALENTS save Thee, hapless Bard!