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ENCOMIUMS ON THOMSON.

ODE

ON THE

DEATH OF THOMSON,

BY COLLINS.

The Scene of the following Stanzas is supposed to lie on

the Thames, near Richmond. In yonder grave a Druid lies

Where slowly winds the stealing wave!
The Year's best sweets shall duteous rise

To deck its Poets silvan grave!
In yon deep bed of whispering reeds

His airy harp' shall now be laid,
That he, whose heart in sorrow bleeds,

May love through life the soothing shade. Then maids and youths shall linger here,

And while its sounds at distance swell, Shall sadly 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!

1 The Æolian Harp; of which see a description in the Castle of Indolence.

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And oft as Ease and Health retire

To breezy lawn, or forest deep,
The friend shall view yon whitening spire”,

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 sail! Yet lives there one, whose heedless eye

Shall scorn thy pale shrine glimmering near? With him, sweet bard, may Fancy die,

And Joy desert the blooming year. But thon, lorn stream, whose sullen tide

No sedge-crown'd Sisters now attend, Now waft me from the green hill's side

Whose cold turf hides the buried friend!

And see, the fairy valleys fade,

Dun Night bas veil'd the solemn view! Yet once again, dear parted shade,

Meek Nature's Child, again adieu ! The genial meads assign'd to bless

Thy life, shall mourn thy early doom, Their binds and shepherd-girls shall dress

With simple hands thy rural tomb. Long, long, thy stone and pointed clay

Shall melt the musing Briton's eyes, O! vales, and wild woods, shall he say,

In yonder grave your Druid lies!

2 Richmoud Church,

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ADDRESS

TO THE

SHADE OF THOMSON,
On crowning his Bust with a Wreath of Bays.

BY ROBERT BURNS.

While virgin Spring, by Eden's flood

Unfolds her tender mantle green, Or pranks the sod in frolic mood,

Or tunes Æolian strains between:

While Summer with a matron grace,

Retreats to Dryburgh's cooling shade, Yet oft, delighted, stops to trace

The progress of the spiky blade:

While Autumn, benefactor kind,

By Tweed erects his aged head, And sees, with self-approving mind,

Each creature on his bounty fed :

While maniac Winter rages o'er

The hills whence classic Yarrow flows, Rousing the turbid torrent's roar,

Or sweeping wild a waste of snows:

So long, sweet Poet of the year,

shall bloom that wreath thou well hast won; Wbile Scotia, with exulting tear,

Proclaims that THOMSON was her son!

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