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… Go to person page >
As pants the hart for cooling springs. J. Merrick. [Ps. xlii.] This metrical paraphrase of Ps. xlii. appeared in Merrick's Psalms Tr. or Paraphrased in English Verse, 1765, in 16 stanzas of 4 lines. Various compilations have been made therefrom, as in Collyer's Selection of 1812, the Islington Collection of 1830, and others.