1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Collins

Oswald, "Fragment, written at the Grave of the inspired Collins, at Chichester" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (9 October 1788).



Enchanting Poet, to whose favor'd view,
Sweet Poetry her loveliest regions spread;
Hills, where unfading buds and flowers grew,
And haunted groves where Fairy-beings tread.

To thee, Enthusiastick dear, she sadly turns,
A greet of love in humble notes to breathe,
And near the mansion which thy dust inurns,
Her Laurel changes for a Cypress wreath.

What tuneful obsequy, however sung,
Can honours like thy trophick verse bestow?
Rude to the pathos of that tuneful tongue,
Must prove the elegy of tuneful woe!

Yet here is constant seen at twilight grey,
Pausing beside the grave, the minstrel kind;
And while the spot his haunting eyes survey,
Each breeze is musick to his pensive mind.