Robert Herrick

(1591-1674 / London / England)

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Clergyman and poet, Robert Herrick was born in London, the seventh child of Nicholas Herrick, a wealthy goldsmith. In November 1592, two days after making a will, his father killed himself by jumping from the fourth-floor window of his house. However, the Queen's Almoner did not confiscate the Herrick estate for the crown as was usually the case with suicides. There is no record of Herrick attending school. In 1607 he was apprenticed to his uncle Sir William Herrick as a goldsmith.

'A Country Life: To his Brother M. Tho. Herrick' (1610) is Herrick's earliest known poem, and deals with the move from London to farm life in Leicestershire. 'To My Dearest Sister M. Merice Herrick' was... more »

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  • or the warm soft side
    Of the resigning yet resisting bride.
    The kiss of virgins first-fruits of the bed;
    Soft speech, smooth touch, the lips, the maidenhead;
    These and a th...
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 5-10). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abram...
  • 'Tis not Apollo can, or those thrice three
    Castalian sisters sing, if wanting thee.
    Horace, Anacreon both had lost their fame.
    Had'st thou not filled them with thy fire and flame....
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 29-32). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abra...
  • ''Let my muse
    Fail of thy former helps, and only use
    Her inadulterate strength. What's done by me
    Hereafter shall smell of the lamp, not thee.''
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 51-54). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abra...
  • A Cat
    I keep, that playes about my House,
    Grown fat,
    With eating many a miching Mouse.
    To these
    A Trasy I do keep, whereby
    I please
    The more my rurall ...
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Grange, or Private Wealth (l. 21-32). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1...
  • ''When the tempter me pursueth
    With the sins of all my youth,
    And half damns me with untruth,
    Sweet Spirit, comfort me!'''
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Litany to the Holy Spirit (l. 37-40). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Q...
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  • Emma Shaw (12/8/2010 2:14:00 PM)

    I have just won a one euro bet that the name of this poem was to daffodils and not to the daffodils. It's a great poem, and nicer in my view than the much more famous wordsworth poem.

  • Cado Bell (10/12/2006 10:52:00 AM)

    Saw this poem on a crammed tube train in London about 30 years ago.
    had nowhere to look except at the angled adverts above. (alliteration unintended)
    -and it just stuck.

    Don't remember even learning it off.
    and now thanks to this wonderful website I found it again.

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