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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- TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME
- To Daffodils
- A Child's Grace
- A Hymn To Love
- DELIGHT IN DISORDER
- A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in t...
- Upon The Nipples Of Julia's Breast
- A HYMN TO VENUS AND CUPID
- To Virgins, to Make Much of Time
- THE KISS: A DIALOGUE
- A Ring Presented to Julia
- A CONJURATION: TO ELECTRA
- The Hock-cart, or Harvest Home
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or the warm soft sideRobert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 5-10). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abram...
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...
'Tis not Apollo can, or those thrice threeRobert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 29-32). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abra...
Castalian sisters sing, if wanting thee.
Horace, Anacreon both had lost their fame.
Had'st thou not filled them with thy fire and flame....
''Let my museRobert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Farewell to Sack (l. 51-54). . . Norton Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. M. H. Abra...
Fail of thy former helps, and only use
Her inadulterate strength. What's done by me
Hereafter shall smell of the lamp, not thee.''
A CatRobert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet. His Grange, or Private Wealth (l. 21-32). . . Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose, Vols. I-II. Vol. I: 1...
I keep, that playes about my House,
With eating many a miching Mouse.
A Trasy I do keep, whereby
The more my rurall ...
''When the tempter me pursuethRobert 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...
With the sins of all my youth,
And half damns me with untruth,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!'''
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