1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Merrick

Anonymous, "On the Rev. W. D. Tattersall's elegant and judicious Selection from Merrick's Psalms" Bath Herald (6 May 1797).



To Tattersall the laurel bring,
So faithful to his God and King.
When Merrick's Muse transported sings
Sweet sonnets to the King of Kings;
He, with much toil and great expence,
Finds sweetest sounds for sacred sense.
The team is pleas'd with jingling sound;
The plowman whistles o'er the ground:
The pilgrim's path was never long,
When chear'd with morn and even song;
All Nature's harmony to man,
Her chords divine 'tis joy to scan;
His zealous heart in hope aspires,
Through grace, to join th' angelic quires.