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DEATH of Mr. THOMSON.
By Mr. COLLINS.
[The scene of the following stanzas is supposed to lie
on the Thames near Richmond.]
I N yonder grave a Druid lies,
Where slowly winds the stealing wave! The year's best sweets shall duteous rise
To deck its Poet's sylvan grave!
In yon deep bed of whispering reeds
His airy harp * shall now be laid, That he, whose heart in sorrow bleeds,
May love thro’ life the foothing shade. * The harp of Æolus, of which fee a description in the CASTLE OF INDOLENCE.
Then maids and youths shall linger here,
And while its founds at distance swell, Shall fadly seem in Pity's ear,
To hear the Woodland Pilgrim's knell.
Remembrance oft shall haunt the shore
When Thames in summer wreaths is drest, And oft suspend the dashing oar
To bid his gentle spirit rest !
And oft as Ease and Health retire
To breezy lawn, or forest deep,
And 'mid the varied landscape weep.
But Thou, who own'st that earthy bed,
Ah! what will every dirge avail ? Or tears, which Love and Pity shed,
That mourn beneath the gliding fail !
Yet lives there one, whose heedless eye
Shall scorn thy pale shrine glimm’ring near ? With him, sweet bard, may Fancy die,
And Joy desert the blooming year.
* RICHMOND Church.
But thou, lorn stream, whose sullen tide
No sedge-crown's Sisters now attend, Now waft me from the
hill's fide Whose cold turf hides the buried friend !
And see the fairy valleys fade,
Dun Night has veil'd the solemn view! Yet once again, dear parted shade,
Meek Nature's Child, again adieu !
The genial meads aflign'd to bless
Thy life, shall mourn thy early doom, Their hinds and shepherd-girls shall dress,
With simple hands, thy rural tomb.
Long, long, thy stone, and pointed clay,
Shall melt the mufing Briton's eyes; O! vales, and wild woods, shall he say,
In yonder grave Your Druid lies!
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