ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Jackson of Exeter
, "To Mr. Jackson of Exeter" Sixteen Sonnets (1778) 11.
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
1778: William Jackson of Exeter
1778: Rev. Thomas Warton
Tho' Winter's storms embrown the dusky vale,
And dark and wistful wains the low'ring year;
Tho' bleak the Moor, forlorn the Cots appear,
And thro' the hawthorn sighs the sullen gale;
Yet do thy Strains most rare, thy Lays ne'er fail,
'Midst the drear Scene my drooping heart to cheer;
Warm the chill blood, and draw the rapturous tear.
Whether thou lov'st in mournful mood to wail
Lycid, "bright Genius of the sounding shore,"
Or else with slow and solemn hymns to move
My thoughts to Piety and Virtue's lore;
But chiefest when, (if Delia grace the measure)
Thy Lyre, o'erwhelming all my soul in pleasure,
Rolls the soft song of joy and endless love.