1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

Vicesimus Knox, in Essays Moral and Literary (1779) 2:279-80.



Genius and learning were possessed in a very eminent degree by Merrick. He had that peculiar kind of genius which qualified him to excel in the department of sacred poetry. It is to be wished, that his version of the Psalms were adopted in churches, not only in place of Sternhold and Hopkins, but of Brady and Tate. Such an event would be no less advantageous to piety, than to taste.