1786 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.



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!