1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Hervey

R. C., "Written before Mr. Hervey's Meditations" Gentleman's Magazine 19 (January 1749) 38.



IN VOLUME I.
Hail meditations! heav'nly fraught
With energy of stile and thought;
Hervey, inflam'd with love divine!
Sees God, thro' all creation shine;
Large praises draws from smallest things,
And incense from a meteor brings;
Tombs lose their horrors thus survey'd,
And gardens are new Edens made.

IN VOLUME II.
Smit with the saviour's love all o'er,
Where will the mortal seraph soar?
Thro' fields of aether see him rise,
And paint the glories of the skies;
Explore the wonders of the day,
Night with her shining host display,
And travel o'er the milky way:
Nought more remains for him to see,
Save only immortality.