ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Jackson of Exeter
Anonymous, "To Mr. Jackson, Exeter" St. James's Chronicle (6 March 1787).
William Jackson of Exeter:
1774: Dr. Hugh Downman
1776: Charles Burney
1777: Thomas Gainsborough
1778: John Bampfylde
1782: Frances Burney
1790 ca.: George Hardinge
1799: Robert Southey
1799: Thomas Green
1800: Samuel Rogers
1803: Sarah Watson Finch
1804: Dr. John Wolcot
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1887: P. W. Clayden
(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!