1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jackson of Exeter

Sarah Watson Finch, "On the Death of Jackson of Exeter" 1803; Laura, ed. Capel Lofft (1814) No. LXXV.



One who can boast no deep discerning power
In MUSIC'S vast and soul-enchanting Sphere,
Save what, perchance, to Friendship may endear
The gay, or sooth the melancholy, Hour,
Would fain, O JACKSON, add one simple Flower
To those bestrewed on thy regretted Bier;
And give to Sympathy the heart-felt tear,
That Thou no longer mayst enchant the Bower
With the sweet, tender, animated Note:
Notes, which the Mind's best faculties refine:
Such as of late o'er SEVERN us'd to float,
And tune the Soul to Concords sweet as thine.
But those shall live through Ages most remote.—
How grac'd the Poet's wreath if with thy LYRE it twine!