1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jackson of Exeter

Anonymous, "Sonnet, to the Organist of St. Peter's, Exeter" St. James's Chronicle (22 February 1787).



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 Sceptick all confest!
In Strains so different from thy pleasing ARt,
Thy poor Opinions, poorer yet exprest,
How we are led to wonder at thy Heart
That doth, so exquisitely base, combine,
With David's charming Power, Saul's Malady malign!