William Jackson (of Exeter)
(1730 - 1803)

Jackson (of Exeter) : On a day : illustration

On a day
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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.
Lyrics: William Shakespeare

On a day (alack the day), love whose month is ever May
Spied a blossom passing fair, playing in the wanton air.
Through the velvet leaves the wind all unseen can passage find,
That the lover, sick to death, wished himself the heavens' breath.

Air (quoth he), thy cheeks may blow, air, would I might triumph so,
But alas my hand is sworn ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn.
Vow alack for youth unmeet, youth so apt to pluck a sweet.

Do not call it sin in me if I am forsworn for thee,
Thou for whom ev'n Jove would swear Juno but an Ethiope were.
And deny himself for Jove, turning mortal for thy love.