ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. James Hervey
Anonymous, "To a Lady with Hervey's Meditations, &c." British Magazine 3 (March 1748) 128.
Rev. James Hervey:
1748: Countess of Hertford
1748: William Shenstone
1749 ca.: Samuel Boyse
1749: R. C.
1749: John Duick
1753: N. N.
1755 ca.: Matilda
1758 ca.: Rev. John Jones
1758: J. B.
1759: Rev. John Ogilvie
1765: C. S.
1773: Samuel Johnson
1783: Rev. Hugh Blair
1811: G. J.
1817: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1828: Leigh Hunt
Whilst youth inspires, and the gay minutes fly,
These solemn pages court your curious eye:
Hervey, with beauteous strokes of beauteous art,
Regales the fancy, whilst he warms the heart;
With language elegant, and sense refin'd,
At once he polishes and charms the mind;
Sublime his thoughts, as his expressions strong,
But smooth, as gentlest waters glide along;
And true devotion glows in every line,
As in thy face the dimpl'd beauties shine.