James Hervey

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Born: 26 Feb 1714, Hardingstone, England

Died: 25 Dec 1758


James Hervey, English clergyman and writer, was educated at the Free Grammar School, Northampton, and Lincoln College, Oxford. At Oxford he had John Wesley, then a Fellow of Lincoln, as his tutor. His controversial and religious writings had an influence on William Blake. His Meditations among the Tombs, Reflections on a Flower Garden, and a Descant on Creation, were published in one volume in 1746; and his Contemplations on the Night, and The Starry Heavens, with A Winter Piece, were published as a second volume in 1746. A complete edition of his Meditations and Contemplations were published with a Memoir (London, W. Tegg) in 1860.

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