ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Jackson of Exeter
Anonymous, "To Mr. Jackson, Exeter" Gentleman's Magazine 56 (December 1786) 1076-77.
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
Jackson, for nice arrangement of sweet sounds,
We oft' heard Taste upon thy praises dwell;
Oft' heard, thy chanted fame, in mazy rounds,
Pealing aloft, like thine own organ's swell.
But when the vain Musician needs must write,
And execrable Quarles is puff'd to day;
(Thy evil angel! rashly wak'd from night
To snatch each record of thy fame away;)
And when we find the sceptic all confess'd,
In strains so different from thy pleasing art,
Thy poor opinions poorer yet express'd,
How we are led to wonder at thy heart!
That doth, so exquisitely base, combine,
With David's charming power Saul's malady malign!