1783 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).



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.