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O N T H E
Death of Mr. T H O M S O N.
By Mr. C O L LIN S. : "' .
The scene of the following stanzas is supposed to lie on the Thames near Richmond.
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IN yonder grave a Druid lies
To deck its Poet's sylvan grave!
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In yon deep bed of whisp'ring reeds
His airy harp * shall now be laid, That he, whose heart in sorrow bleeds,
May love thro' life the soothing shade.
• The harp of Æolus, of which see a description in the Cav1tb Of Inpo'likcc.
Then maids and youths shall linger here,
"Shall sadly seem in Pity's ear, , )
To hear the Woodland Pilgrim's knell.
Remembrance oft shall haunt ;fhe more
And oft suspend the dashing oar
Te bid his gentle spirit rest 1' •...>.
And oft as Ease and Health retire
To breezy lawn, or forest deep, .. •
The friend shall view yon whitening * spire,
But Thou, who. own'st that earthy bed,
Or tears, which Love and Pity shed
* Richmond Church,
Yet lives there one, whose heedless eye
Shall scorn thy pale shrine glimm'ring near t
With him, sweet bard, may Fancy die,
But thou, lorn stream, whose sullen tide
Now waft me from the green hill's side
And see, the fairy valleys fade,
Dun Night has veil'd the solemn view 1
Vet once again, dear parted shade,
The genial meads afltgn'd to bless
Thy life, shall mourn thy early doom.
Their hinds, and shepherd-girls shall dress
Long, long, thy stone, and pointed clay,
O! vales, and wild woods, shall He fay,