1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

George Gilfillan, in Specimens with Memoirs of the less-known British Poets (1860) 3:135.



MERRICK was a clergyman, as well as a writer of verse. He was born in 1720, and became a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, where Lord North was one of his pupils. He took orders, but owing to incessant pains in the head, could not perform duty. He died in 1769. His works are a translation of Tryphiodorus, done at twenty, a version of the Psalms, a collection of Hymns, and a few miscellaneous pieces; one good specimen of which [The Chameleon] we subjoin.