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).
Rev. James Merrick:
1760: William Shenstone
1765 ca.: Bp. Robert Lowth
1768: Rev. Thomas Warton
1769: Rev. James Granger
1769: Joseph Cockfield
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1807: Robert Southey
1843: John Holland
1848: Rufus W. Griswold
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
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.