|Short Name:||James Merrick|
|Full Name:||Merrick, James, 1720-1769|
Merrick, James , M.A., was born in 1720, and educated at Oxford, where he became a Fellow of Trinity College. He entered Holy Orders, but his health would not admit of parish work. He died at Reading, 1769. His publications include:—
(1) Messiah, a Divine Essay. Humbly dedicated to the Reverend the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and the Visitors of the Free School in Reading. By James Merrick, Ætat. 14, Senior Scholar of the School at their last Terminal Visitation, the 7th of October, 1734. Reading. (2) The Destruction of Troy. Translated from the Greek of Tryphiodorus into English Verse, with Notes, &c. 1742. (3) Poems on Sacred Subjects. Oxford . 1763. (4) The Psalms of David Translated or Paraphrased in English Verse. By James Merrick, M.A., late Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. Reading. J. Carnan and Co. 1765. 2nd ed. 1766. A few only of these paraphrases were divided into stanzas. In 1797 the Rev. W. D. Tattersall pulished the work "Divided into stanzas for Parochial Use, and paraphrased in such language as will be intelligible to every capacity . . . with a suitable Collect to each Psalm from the Works of Archbishop Parker."
Merrick's paraphrases, although weak and verbose, were in extensive use in the early part of the present century, both in the Church of England and with Nonconformists. They have, however, fallen very much into disuse. Those in modern hymn-books, mainly in the form of centos, include:—
1. Blest Instructor, from Thy ways. Ps. xix.
2. Descend, O Lord! from heaven descend. Ps. cxliv. (In time of National Peril.)
3. Far as creation's bounds extend. Ps. cxlv.
4. God of my strength, the wise, the just. Ps. xxxi.
5. He who with generous pity glows. Ps. xli.
6. How pleasant, Lord.Thy dwellings are. Ps. lxxxiv.
7. Lift up your voice and thankful sing. Ps. cxxxvi.
8. Lo, my Shepherd's hand divine. Ps. xxiii.
9. Lord, my Strength, to Thee I pray. Ps. xxviii.
10. My heart its noblest theme has found. Ps.xlv.
11. O let me, [gracious] heavenly Lord extend. Ps. xxxix.
12. O turn, great Ruler of the skies. Ps. li.
13. Praise, O praise the Name divine. Ps. cl.
14. Sing, ye sons of [men] might, O sing. Ps. xxix.
15. Teach me, O teach me, Lord, Thy way. Ps. cxix.
16. The festal morn, my [O] God, is come. Ps. cxxii, (Sunday Morning.)
17. The morn and eve Thy praise resound. Ps. lxv. (Harvest.)
18. To Thy pastures, fair and large. Ps. xxiii.
From his Poems on Sacred Subjects, 1763, the following centos have also come into common use: --
19. Author of good, to Thee we turn. Resignation.
20. Eternal God, we look to Thee. Resignation.
21. 'Tis enough, the hour is come. Nunc Dimittis.
John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by James Merrick (103)||As||Instances|
|All glory to the eternal Three! The, Father--the, O Son, and thee||Merrick (Author)||2|
|Almighty Ruler of the skies||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|Arise, great God, and let thy grace||Merrick (Author)||27|
|Arise, ye people, and adore||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|Arise, ye people, clap the hand||Merrick (Author)||5|
|As, on the verge of youth, my mind||James Merrick (Author)||1|
|As pants the for cooling springs, So longs my soul, O King of Kings||James Merrick (Author)||170|
|As pants the hart for cooling streams, When heated in the chase||Rev. H. F. Lyte, 1793-1847 (Author)||3|
|As pants the wearied hart for cooling springs||James Merrick (Author)||1|
|Author of good, to thee we come||James Merrick (Author)||48|
|Author of good, we rest on thee||Merrick (Author)||53|
|Awake, my soul, to hymns of praise||James Merrick (Author)||10|
|Before Messiah’s presence meet||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|Behold the fool, whose heart denies||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|Behold the rising dawn appear||James Merrick (Author)||5|
|Behold the new born infant grieved||James Merrick (Author)||8|
|Beneath God's terrors doomed to groan||James Merrick (Author)||7|
|Blest instructor, from thy ways||James Merrick (Author)||56|
|Blest is the man who fears the Lord (Doddridge)||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|Blest is the man who fears the Lord||Merrick (Author)||1|
|Blest, who with generous pity glows||James Merrick (Author)||15|
|Creation's God on him thee alone||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|Creation's God on thee alone||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|Eternal God, we look to thee||James Merrick (Author)||23|
|Far as creation's bounds extend||James Merrick (Author)||13|
|Far hence each superstition vain||James Merrick (Author)||12|
|Father of all, my soul defend||Merrick (Author)||4|
|Father of all! our souls defend||Merrick (Author)||2|
|God bids, and lo! a burning waste||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|God of my strength! to thee I cry||James Merrick (Author)||13|
|Great God, our haughty foes repel||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|Great God, our Strength, to thee we cry||James Merrick (Author)||9|
|Heavenly Teacher from thy ways||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|How long shall Jacob's offspring prove||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|How sweet thy dwellings, Lord, how fair||James Merrick (Author)||8|
|How vast thy works, almight Lord||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|How well our great Preserver knows||Merrick (Author)||16|
|Immortal King, through earth's wide frame||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|In devious paths awhile I trod||Merrick (Author)||5|
|Incumbent on the bending sky||James Merrick (Author)||5|
|La tago venis de l' Sinjor'||James Merrick, 1720-69 (Author)||2|
|Let sinners take their course||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|Lift your voice, and joyful sing||Merrick (Author)||24|
|Lo, my shepherd's hand divine!||Merrick (Author)||18|
|Lord, hast thou called me by thy grace||Merrick, altered (Author)||5|
|May God his favoring ear incline||James Merrick (Author)||6|
|Mercy, judgment, now my tongue||Merrick (Author)||5|
|My grateful tongue, immortal king||Merrick (Author)||5|
|My heart its noblest theme hath found||James Merrick (Author)||1|
|My reigns, my fabric’s every part||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|O come, behold a scene of dread||James Merrick (Author)||6|
|O hear me, Lord, to thee I call||James Merrick (Author)||16|
|O how my fears the dangers move||Merrick (Author)||9|
|O let me, heavenly Lord, extend||James Merrick (Author)||22|
|O tell to all whom earth sustains||Merrick (Author)||5|
|O turn, great Ruler of the skies||Merrick (Author)||44|
|Of mortal life how short the date||Merrick (Author)||7|
|On God my steadfast hopes rely||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|On thee, great Ruler of the skies||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||1|
|Our life advancing to its close||Merrick (Author)||8|
|Parent of good, we rest on Thee||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|Placed on the verge of youth, my mind||James Merrick (Author)||15|
|Praise, O praise the name divine||Merrick (Author)||34|
|See! roused by discord’s fierce alarms||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|Shepherd of Israel, bow Thine ear||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|Sing to the Lord a joyful song, Earth to his praise the note prolong||Merrick (Author)||7|
|Sing, ye sons of might, O sing||Merrick (Author)||7|
|Teach me, O teach me, Lord, thy way||Merrick (Author)||41|
|Teach us, O teach us, Lord, thy way||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|Our festal morn is come!||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|The festal morn, my God, is come||James Merrick (Author)||38|
|The joyful morn, my God, is come||James Merrick (Author)||20|
|The Lord, the almighty Monarch spake||Merrick (Author)||4|
|The morn and eve thy praise resound||Merrick (Author)||5|
|Thine eyes in me the sheep behold||Merrick (Author)||6|
|Thine is the throne, beneath thy reign||Merrick (Author)||8|
|Thy foes succeeding times shall own||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|Thy name, O God, my heart avows||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|'Tis enough, the hour is come||James Merrick (Author)||11|
|’Tis God, whose all disposing sway||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|To him who condescends to dwell||Merrick (Author)||4|
|To thee, great God, I will disclose||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|To thee, great God, my knees I bend||Merrick (Author)||4|
|To thy pastures fair and large||James Merrick (Author)||144|
|Vast are thy works, almighty Lord||Merrick (Author)||2|
|Welcome the hope of Israel's race, The Messenger of truth and grace||Merrick (Author)||9|
|What eyes, like thine, eternal sire||James Merrick (Author)||7|
|What joy, while thus I view the day||James Merrick (Author)||4|
|When from the verge of youth||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|When overwhelmed with grief, helpless||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|When overwhelmed with pain and grief, Helpless and far from all relief||James Merrick (Author)||2|
|While here as wandering sheep we stray||James Merrick (Author)||15|
|While through life's pilgrimage I stray||James Merrick (Author)||3|
|Who O Lord, when life is o'er||James Merrick (Author)||11|
|Who shall toward thy chosen seat||Merrick (Author)||21|
|With joy shall I behold the day||Rev. J. Merrick (Author)||13|
|With patient hope my God I sought||Merrick (Author)||3|
|With what delight, great God, I trace||James Merrick, 1720-1769 (Author)||2|
|Ye nations hear, ye sons of earth||Merrick (Author)||5|
|Ye servants of the eternal King||James Merrick (Author)||6|
|Ye servants of your God, his fame||James Merrick (Author)||5|
|Ye tribes of earth, in God rejoice||James Merrick (Author)||1|
|Ye works of God, on him alone||James Merrick (Author)||12|