ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Jackson of Exeter
Anonymous, To Mr. Jackson, the Composer" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (3 June 1783).
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
Enchanting harmonist! the art is thine,
Unmatch'd, to pour the soul dissolving air,
That seems poor weeping virtue's hymn divine,
Soothing the wounded bosom of despair.
O say, what minstrel of the sky hath giv'n
To swell the dirge so musically lorn?
Declare, hath dove-ey'd pity left her heav'n,
And lent thy happy hand her lyre to mourn?
So sad thy songs of hopeless hearts complain,
Love from his Cyprian isle prepares to fly;
He hastes to listen to thy tender strain,
And learn from thee to breathe a sweeter sigh.