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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

William Collins (1721–1759)

Collins, William. An English poet; born in Chichester, Dec. 25, 1721; died there, June 12, 1759. His melancholy temperament and poetic musings marked him as a boy, as a youth at Oxford, and even as a madman in the asylum where he died. ‘The Passions,’ with “its grace and vigor, its vivid and pliant dexterity of touch”; the ‘Ode to Evening,’ a mosaic of euphonies; the ‘Dirge in Cymbeline’; and the ‘Ode on the Death of Thomson,’ chiefly perpetuate his fame. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).