The Complete English Poems (Herbert, George)

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George Herbert combined the intellectual and the spiritual, the humble and the divine, to create some of the most moving devotional poetry in the English language. His deceptively simple verse uses the ingenious arguments typical of seventeenth-century metaphysical poets and unusual imagery drawn from musical structures, the natural world, and domestic activity to explore a mosaic of Biblical themes. From the wit and wordplay of “The Puley” and the formal experimentation of “Easter Wings” and “Paradise,” to the ...
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Overview


George Herbert combined the intellectual and the spiritual, the humble and the divine, to create some of the most moving devotional poetry in the English language. His deceptively simple verse uses the ingenious arguments typical of seventeenth-century metaphysical poets and unusual imagery drawn from musical structures, the natural world, and domestic activity to explore a mosaic of Biblical themes. From the wit and wordplay of “The Puley” and the formal experimentation of “Easter Wings” and “Paradise,” to the intense, highly personal relationship between man and God portrayed in “The Collar” and “Redemption,” the works collected here show the transcendental power of divine love. This vast collection includes all Herbert’s English poems, selections from his Latin poetry with translations, his major prose work A Priest to the Temple, and Izaak Walton’s Life of Herbert.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140424553
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 453,224
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

George Herbert (1593—1633) was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was appointed reader in rhetoric in 1618 and public orator in 1620. He attracted the attention of influential patrons, including King James I, before he took holy orders in 1626.
John Tobin is a professor of English literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
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Table of Contents

The printers to the reader 3
The dedication 5
Perirrhanterium 6
Superliminare 22
The altar 23
The sacrifice 23
The thanksgiving 31
The reprisal 33
The agony 33
The sinner 34
Good Friday 34
Redemption 35
Sepulchre 36
Easter 37
Easter-wings 38
Holy baptism (1) 38
Holy baptism (2) 39
Nature 39
Sin (1) 40
Affliction (1) 41
Repentance 43
Faith 44
Prayer (1) 45
The holy communion 46
Antiphon (1) 47
Love (1) 48
Love (2) 48
The temper (1) 49
The temper (2) 50
Jordan (1) 50
Employment (1) 51
The Holy Scriptures (1) 52
The Holy Scriptures (2) 52
Whitsunday 53
Grace 54
Praise (1) 54
Affliction (2) 55
Matins 56
Sin (2) 57
Evensong 57
Church-monuments 58
Church-music 59
Church-lock and key 59
The church-floor 60
The windows 61
Trinity Sunday 61
Content 62
The quiddity 63
Humility 63
Frailty 64
Constancy 65
Affliction (3) 66
The star 67
Sunday 68
Avarice 70
Anagram 71
To all angels and saints 71
Employment (2) 72
Denial 73
Christmas 74
Ungratefulness 75
Sighs and groans 76
The world 77
Colossians 3:3 78
Vanity (1) 78
Lent 79
Virtue 80
The Pearl : Matthew 13:45 81
Affliction (4) 82
Man 83
Antiphon (2) 85
Unkindness 86
Life 87
Submission 87
Justice (1) 88
Charms and knots 88
Affliction (5) 89
Mortification 90
Decay 91
Misery 92
Jordan (2) 94
Prayer (2) 95
Obedience 96
Conscience 97
Sion 98
Home 99
The British Church 99
The quip 102
Vanity (2) 103
The dawning 104
Jesu 104
Business 105
Dialogue 106
Dullness 107
Love-joy 108
Providence 108
Hope 113
Sin's round 113
Time 114
Gratefulness 115
Peace 116
Confession 117
Giddiness 118
The bunch of grapes 119
Love unknown 120
Man's medley 122
The storm 123
Paradise 124
The method 124
Divinity 126
Ephesians 4:30 : grieve not the Holy Spirit, etc. 127
The family 128
The size 129
Artillery 130
Church-rents and schisms 131
Justice (2) 132
The pilgrimage 133
The holdfast 134
Complaining 135
The discharge 135
Praise (2) 137
An offering 138
Longing 139
The bag 142
The Jews 143
The collar 144
The glimpse 145
Assurance 146
The call 147
Clasping of hands 147
Praise (3) 148
Joseph's coat 149
The pulley 150
The priesthood 151
The search 152
Grief 154
The cross 154
The flower 156
Dotage 157
The son 158
A true hymn 158
The answer 159
A dialogue-anthem 159
The water-course 160
Self-condemnation 160
Bitter-sweet 161
The glance 161
The Twenty-third Psalm 162
Mary Magdalene 163
Aaron 163
The Odour : 2 Corinthians 2 165
The foil 166
The forerunners 166
The rose 167
Discipline 168
The invitation 169
The banquet 170
The posy 172
A parody 173
The elixir 174
A wreath 174
Death 175
Doomsday 176
Judgement 177
Heaven 177
Love (3) 178
The church militant 179
L'Envoy 186
The Holy Communion 188
Love 189
Trinity Sunday 190
Evensong 191
The knell 192
Perseverance 192
Sonnets 194
To my successor 195
To the Right Hon. the L. Chancellor 196
To the Lady Elizabeth Queen of Bohemia 196
Envoi to the same : another 198
A priest to the temple 199
Izaak Walton's The life of Mr. George Herbert 265
App A selection of Herbert's Latin verse 315
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