1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 480.



JAMES MERRICK was a fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, where Lord North was one of his pupils. He entered into holy orders, but never could engage in parochial duty, from being subject to excessive pains in his head. He was an eminent Grecian, and translated Tryphiodorus at the age of twenty. Bishop Lowth characterized him as one of the best men, and most eminent of scholars. His most important poetical work is his version of the Psalms; besides which he published poems on sacred subjects.