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 >
'Tis enough, the hour is come. J. Merrick. [Nunc Dimittis.] This paraphrase of the Nunc Dimittis was published in bis Poems on Sacred Subjects, 1763, p. 13, in 22 lines. As given in Kennedy, 1863, No. 185, some of the lines are transposed, and the whole are expanded into 3 stanzas of 8 lines.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
'Tis enough, the hour is come, p. 1177, ii. This hymn we have found in The Christian's Magazine, 1760, p. 186. It subsequently appeared in J. Merrick's Poems.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)