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Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was perhaps the greatest poet to have worked in Devon. Born in London, the son of a goldsmith, he studied at Cambridge and later fell in with the London poets who had gathered around the magnetic figure of Ben Jonson. In order to make a living - since he had not pursued the family trade - he entered the Church and in 1627 was appointed chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, whom he accompanied on an unsuccessful military expedition in 1627. In 1629 he was appointed to the living of Dean ...
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Robert Herrick (1591-1674) was perhaps the greatest poet to have worked in Devon. Born in London, the son of a goldsmith, he studied at Cambridge and later fell in with the London poets who had gathered around the magnetic figure of Ben Jonson. In order to make a living - since he had not pursued the family trade - he entered the Church and in 1627 was appointed chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham, whom he accompanied on an unsuccessful military expedition in 1627. In 1629 he was appointed to the living of Dean Prior, a village on the edge of Dartmoor, about half way between Exeter and Plymouth. He was to remain there for the rest of his life, with the exception of the Cromwellian period from 1647-1660, during which he was expelled for his royalist sympathies and, no doubt, also doctrinal disagreements.

His only book, Hesperides, was published in 1648. This is a large collection of lyrics and odes, coupled with a book of religious poems (His Noble Numbers), but it would seem that his work was already somewhat out of date by this time and the edition took some time to sell out. His reputation recovered in the 19th Century, and decisively in the 20th, when he was finally recognised as one of the greatest lyric poets of the Caroline era, an era, moreover, when England was well supplied with fine poets - Herrick's contemporaries include Shakespeare, Jonson, Marvell, Donne, Herbert, Vaughan, Lovelace, Suckling, Carew and many others.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415967518
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Fyfield Books Series
  • Pages: 50
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Herrick was a 17th-century poet and priest. He is the author of Hesperides, a collection of lyric poetry, and Noble Numbers. David Jesson-Dibley is the principal reader for The Professional Author's and Publishers' Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9
The Argument of his Book 23
On Himself 23
Upon his Verses 23
An Ode for Him (Ben Jonson) 24
Discontents in Devon 24
His Grange, or Private Wealth 25
To his Maid Prew 26
His Farewell to Sack 26
The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home 28
His Age 29
The Welcome to Sack 34
The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad 37
The Christian Militant 37
The Departure of the Good Demon 38
Upon Sibb. Epigram 38
Upon Slouch 38
The Coming of Good Luck 39
Farewell Frost, or Welcome the Spring 39
To Dean-Bourn, a Rude River in Devon 40
His Return to London 40
Upon Man 41
Soft Music 41
To Music 41
The Cheat of Cupid 42
The Bag of the Bee 43
The Amber Bead 43
The Definition of Beauty 44
Love, What it is 44
Lovers, How they Come and Part 44
No Bashfulness in Begging 44
Love me Little, Love me Long 44
What Kind of Mistress he would have 45
The Suspicion 45
To his Mistress, Objecting to him neither Toying nor Talking 46
His Parting from Mistress Dorothy Kennedy 47
The Parting Verse 47
The Tear Sent to her from Staines 50
Upon a Painted Gentlewoman 51
Mistress Elizabeth Wheeler 51
The Lily in a Crystal 52
Delight in Disorder 54
Upon his Julia 54
Upon Julia's Voice 55
Cherry Ripe 55
Art Above Nature, to Julia 55
Upon Julia's Clothes 56
Julia's Petticoat 56
A Ring Presented to Julia 57
Tears are Tongues 58
His Sailing from Julia 58
The Night-Piece, to Julia 59
Upon Julia's Recovery 59
His request to Julia 60
Glory 60
To Enjoy the Time 60
Poets 61
His Protestation to Perilla 61
The Vision of Electra 61
To Anthea 61
To Anthea Lying in Bed 62
To Anthea, who may Command him Any Thing 62
To Phyllis, to Love and Live with him 63
To Dianeme 65
To Sylvia to Wed 65
A Nuptial Song, or Epithalamy 65
Corinna's Going a-Maying 70
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time 72
A Meditation for his Mistress 73
To Daffodils 74
To Blossoms 74
The Sadness of Things for Sappho's Sickness 75
The Changes to Corinna 75
To a Gentlewoman, Objecting to him his Gray Hairs 76
To Perilla 77
To Anthea 77
Upon the Loss of his Mistresses 78
The Apparition of his Mistress Calling him to Elysium 78
The Parting Verse, the Feast there Ended 80
Upon a Child. An Epitaph 81
Upon a Child that Died 81
To his Dying Brother, Master William Herrick 81
To the Reverend Shade of his Religious Father 82
To Find God 83
What God Is 83
Good Friday: Rex Tragicus, or Christ Going to His Cross 83
His Anthem to Christ on the Cross 85
God's Mercy 85
To his Sweet Saviour 85
Poetry Perpetuates the Poet 86
Upon Himself 86
His Winding-Sheet 87
His Poetry his Pillar 88
To Laurels 89
Upon Himself 90
To his book's end 90
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