Benjamin Cooke
(1734 - 1793)

Cooke : How sleep the brave : illustration

How sleep the brave
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This glee gained a Catch Club Prize Medal in 1771.
Lyrics: William Collins

Ode written in the beginning of the year 1746

How sleep the brave who sink to rest
By all their country's wishes blest!
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.

By fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;
And Freedom shall a while repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there.