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While freedom's form beside her roves,
And calls her heroes round.
The sixth stanza had “untaught' in the first line, instead of unknown.' The present seventh and eighth stanzas were not in the manuscript. In the ninth stanza, instead of, “If weak to soothe so soft a heart,' the reading was, 'If drawn with all a lover's art. Many variations I have forgotten. Dr. Warton, my brother, has a few fragments of some other odes, but too loose and imperfect for publication, yet containing traces of high imagery. In the Ode to Pity, the idea of a Temple of Pity, of its situation, construction, and groups of painting with which its walls were decorated, was borrowed from a poem, now lost, entitled the Temple of Pity, written by my brother, while he and Collins were school-fellows at Winchester College.
In illustration of what Dr. Johnson has related, that during his last malady he was a great reader of the Bible, I am favoured with the following anecdote from the Reverend Mr. Shenton, Vicar of St. Andrew's, at Chichester, by whom Collins was buried : Walking in my vicarial garden one Sunday evening, during Collins's last illness, I heard a female (the servant, I suppose) reading the Bible in his chamber. Mr. Collins had been accustomed to rave much, and to make great moanings; but while she was reading, or rather attempting to read, he was not only silent but attentive likewise, correcting her mistakes, which indeed were very frequent, through the whole of the twenty-seventh chapter of Genesis.' I have just been informed, from undoubted authority, that Collins had finished a Preliminary Dissertation to be prefixed to his History of the Restoration of Learning, and that it was written with great judgment, precision, and knowledge of the subject.
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As once, if not with light Regard
thou return'st from Thames, whose Naiads long
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Editions BROWNING. Men and Women, 1855. The two volumes
BURNS. The Kilmarnock Edition, 1786. Reprinted in type-facsimile. COLERIDGE & WORDSWORTH. Lyrical Ballads, 1798. Edited by H. LITTLEDALE. COLLINS. Poems. With facsimile title-pages, three illustrations, and a Memoir by CHRISTOPHER STONE. GRAY. Poems, 1768. Reprinted in type-facsimile, with four illustrations. KEATS. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other Poems, 1820. A page for-page and line-for-line reprint, with a facsimile title-page. SHELLEY (MARY). Proserpine and Midas. Two unpublished Mythological Dramas. Edited by A. Koszul. SHELLEY. Prometheus Unbound, with other Poems, 1820. With a portrait. TENNYSON. Poems, 1842. WORDSWORTH. Poems, 1807.
Selections from the Poets BARNES (WILLIAM). Edited with a Preface and glossarial notes by Thomas HARDY. With a portrait. BLAKE. The Lyrical Poems. With an Introduction (45 pages) by Sir WALTER RALEIGH, and two drawings by BLAKE. Also on Oxford India Paper, 4s. 6d. net. CLARE (JOHN). With an Introduction by ARTHUR SYMONS. CLOUGH. The Bothie, and other Poems. Edited by HI. S. MILFORD. DE TABLEY (LORD). With an Introduction by JOHN DRINKWATER. PRAED (WILLIAM MACKWORTH).
Edited by A. D. GODLEY. With a portrait. SOUTHEY (ROBERT). The Lives and Works of the Uneducated Poets. Edited by J. S. CHILDERS. September 1925