|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1714|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1758|
English Clergyman, Preacher, and Poet. Son of William Hervey and brother of William Hervey and Mary Hervey Knight. He was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford. Having taken orders in 1737, he held several curacies, and in 1752 succeeded his father in the family estates of Weston Favell and Collingtree. He was a zealous writer with a style displaying a rare appreciation of natural beauty, and his simple piety earned him many friends. His earliest work, Meditations and Contemplations, was reprinted in many editions. Theron and Aspasio, or a series of Letters upon the most important and interesting Subjects, published in 1755, was equally well received. It was strongly objected to by Wesley in his Preservative against unsettled Notions in Religion. James Hervey brought theological disputes from Scotland into England (the Marrow Controversy). Hervey had an enormous impact on art through William Blake, who admired him. Blake painted Epitome of James Hervey's Meditations among the Tombs between 1820 and 1825. Hervey is also mentioned in Blake's work as one of the holy guards to the 'four-fold gate', and was the influence for the Blake poem 'The Tyger'. The melancholy epic tone of his Meditations Among The Tombs (for example, "the dreadful pleasure inspired by gazing at fallen monuments and mouldering tombs") has led to his being placed among the 18th Century 'Graveyard School' of poets, rendering his work an important influence on Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' of 1764 and subsequently, upon the genre of Gothic Literature and Romanticism. (bio by: Bernadette)
Here lie the remains of the Rev. JAMES HERVEY, A.M, late Rector of this Parish; that very pious man, and much-admired author who died Dec. the 25th, 1758, in the 45th year of his age.
Reader, expect no more; to make him known
Vain the fond elegy and figur'd stone:
A name more lasting shall his writings give:
There view display'd his heav'nly soul,and live.
Weston Favel Cemetery
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Record added: Apr 07, 2011
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