1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jackson of Exeter

Anonymous, "To Mr. Jackson, Exeter" St. James's Chronicle (6 March 1787).



(See the St. James's Chronicle for Feb. 22)

Jackson, the Texture of whose polish'd Mind,
The Graces wove, and dipp'd in Harmony;
Who in thy own unspotted Thoughts canst find
No Food for Gall, or rancorous Obloquy:
To Merit ever just, whate'er her Dress,
Tho' Clouds, and ancient Night her Charms enfold.
Whose Speculations, Virtue must confess,
With Reason lively, and with Candour bold.
Thou wilt not heed the Fly with tinsel'd Wing,
Who circling lightly skims around thy Head;
Nor shall th' invenom'd Aspick's secret Sting,
As from the dreary Caverns of the dead
The Reptile creeps, annoy thee with its Smart,
From its Pollution free, and pure thy conscious Heart!