1 My reigns, my fabric’s every part,
O Lord, the wonders of Thy art
Proclaim, and prompt my willing tongue
To meditate the grateful song:
With deepest awe my thought this frame
Surveys—I tremble that I am.
2 While yet a stranger to the day
Within the burthened womb I lay,
My bones, familiar to Thy view,
By just degrees to firmness grew:
Thy power my lineaments began,
To shapes prescribed the texture ran.
3 Day to succeeding day consigned
Th’unfinished birth; Thy mighty mind
Each limb, each nerve, ere yet they were,
Contemplated distinct and clear;
Those nerves Thy curious finger spun,
Those limbs it fashioned one by one.
4 And, as Thy pen in fair design
Traced on Thy book each shadowy line,
Thy handmaid Nature read them there,
And made the growing work her care,
Conformed it to th’unerring plan,
And gradual wrought me into man.
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 >
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