ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Merry

(1755-1798)


The eldest son of a governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, Robert Merry was educated at Harrow and tutored by Samuel Parr; he entered Christ's College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1771 and was admitted to Lincoln's Inn (1770), but upon his father's death bought a commission in the Horse Guards. Merry settled in Florence in 1784 where he was the leader of what would become the Della Cruscan movement. Returning to London in 1787 he carried on a celebrated verse correspondence with Mary Robinson and Hannah Cowley. Merry visited revolutionary Paris several times before emigrating to the United States in 1796.


TEXT RECORDS:

1785Il Viaggio.
1785La Diamora.
1785Ode to Indolence.
1785Ode to Summer.
1785Ode to Winter.
1785Sir Roland. A Fragment.
1787Elegy written on the Plain of Fontenoy.
1787Ode to Tranquility.
1787On Mr. Palmer's Recital of Collins's Ode on the Passions.
1787The Adieu and Recall to Love.
1787To Anna Matilda.
1788Diversity. A Poem.
1788Ode to Mrs. Siddons.
1789Ode on the Restoration of his Majesty.
1790Inscription, written at La Grand Chartreuse, upon visiting it a second Time, after an Absence of Eighteen Months.
1795The Wounded Soldier, a Poem.
1796The Pains of Memory. A Poem.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Arno miscellany [Merry, et. al.] 1784.
The Florence miscellany [Merry, et. al.] 1785.
Roberto Manners, poemetto [trans. Merry]. 1785.
Paulina, or the Russian daughter: a poem. 1787.
Diversity: a poem by Della Crusca. 1788.
Poetry of the world [includes verse by Merry]. 1788.
Ode on the restoration of His Majesty. 1789.
The laurel of liberty, a poem. 1790.
The airs, duetts and choruses of the pantomime the Picture of Paris. 1790.
Lorenzo: a tragedy. 1791.
Ode for the fourteenth of July. 1791.
Fenelon; or, the nuns of Cambray: a serious drama. 1795.
The wounded soldier: a poem. 1795?
The pains of memory. A poem. 1796.