Ode, Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746

Original Text: 
William Collins, Odes on several descriptive and allegoric subjects (London: A. Millar ..., 1747 [i.e. 1746]). pam Fisher Library (Rare Books).
2By all their country's wishes blest!
3When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
4Returns to deck their hallow'd mold,
5She there shall dress a sweeter sod
6Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
7By fairy hands their knell is rung,
8By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
9There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
10To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
11And Freedom shall awhile repair,
12To dwell a weeping hermit there!


1] In 1745 English forces were engaged on the Continent in the War of the Austrian Succession (the Battle of Fontenoy, May 1745). But the reference is more probably to those Englishmen who died at Preston Pans (September 1745) and Falkirk (January 1746) where English troops were defeated by the forces of the Young Pretender (the grandson of James II), who claimed the British throne. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
G. G. Falle
RPO Edition: 
3RP 2.209.