William Jackson (of Exeter)
(1730 - 1803)

Jackson (of Exeter) : Go, gentle gales : illustration

Go, gentle gales
(S./T.2Vn.Continuo)
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Jackson was a pupil of John Travers, and wrote canzonets and elegies after the model established by Travers, close to, but separate from, the glee tradition. He was organist of Exeter Cathedral and a theorist on music. A friend of Thomas Gainsborough, he corresponded with him on the subject of aesthetics.

Jackson later expanded the harmonization of this song from his Op. 4, and recast it as a glee.
Lyrics: Alexander Pope

Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away,
To Delia's ear the tender notes convey.
As some sad turtle his lost love deplores,
And with deep murmurs fills the sounding shores,
Thus far from Delia to the woods I mourn,
Alike unheard, unpitied, and forlorn.

Go, gentle gales, and bear my sighs away;
Come, Delia, come, ah why this long delay?
Ye flow'rs that droop forsaken by the spring,
Ye birds that left by summer cease to ring,
Ye trees that fade when autumn heats remove,
Say, is not absence death to those that love?