To fair Fidelia's grassy tomb
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Included in a manuscript collection of 119 pieces copied by Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, a daughter of George III. Unfortunately she did not record the attribution for this glee.
Lyrics: William Collins

To fair Fidelia's grassy tomb
Soft maids and village hinds shall bring
Each opening sweet of earliest bloom,
And rifle all the breathing Spring.

The redbreast oft, at evening hours,
Shall kindly lend his little aid,
With hoary moss, and gathered flowers,
To deck the ground where thou art laid.

When howling winds and beating rain
In tempest shake the sylvan cell;
Amidst the chase, on every plain,
The tender thoughts on thee shall dwell.

Each lonely scene shall thee restore;
For thee the tear be duly shed;
Beloved till life could charm no more,
And mourned till pity's self be dead.