William Jackson (of Exeter)
(1730 - 1803)

Jackson (of Exeter) : Take, O take those lips away : illustration

Take, O take those lips away
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From Twelve Canzonets, Op. 9, London, 1770.

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

Take, O take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn.
But my kisses bring again
Seals of love, but seal'd in vain.