Robert Herrick

Biography of Robert Herrick (1591 – 1674)

Robert Herrick
Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Robert Herrick (baptized August 24, 1591 – October 1674) was a 17th century English poet. Born in Cheapside. London, he was the seventh child and fourth son of Nicholas Herrick, a prosperous goldsmith. In November, 1592, when Robert was fourteen months old, the elder Herrick wrote his will and then died by “falling” from the fourth story window of his house. Whether or not it was a suicide has never been determined. There is no record of Robert’s schooling, but he might have attended school in Westminster. In 1607 he became apprenticed to his uncle, Sir William Herrick, who was a goldsmith and jeweller to the king. The apprenticeship ended after only six years, and Herrick, at age twenty-two, matriculated at Saint John’s College, Cambridge. He graduated in 1617.

Robert Herrick became a member of the Sons of Ben, a group of Cavalier poets centred around an admiration for the works of Ben Jonson. In or before 1627, he took religious orders, and, having been appointed chaplain to the duke of Buckingham, accompanied him on his disastrous expedition to the Isle of Rhé (1627). He became vicar of the parish of Dean Prior, Devon in 1629, a post that carried a term of thirty-one years. It was in the secluded country life of Devon that he wrote some of his best work.

In the wake of the English Civil War, his position was revoked on account of his refusal to make pledge to the Solemn League and Covenant. He then returned to London. His position was returned to him in the Restoration of Charles II and he returned to Devon in 1662, residing there until his death in 1674. A bachelor all his life, many of the women he refers to in his poems are thought to be fictional.

His reputation rests on his Hesperides, a collection of lyric poetry, and the much shorter Noble Numbers, spiritual works, published together in 1648. He is well-known for his bawdy style, referring frequently to physical love.

In one of his more famous poems, “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time“, Herrick reminded young women how fleeting their beauty is. The opening stanza gives a feel for his style:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

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Poems By Robert Herrick

Miscellaneous

A BUCOLIC BETWIXT TWO;LACON AND THYRSIS (No Comments »)
A CANTICLE TO APOLLO (No Comments »)
A Child’s Grace (No Comments »)
A Christmas Carol, Sung to the King in the Presence at White-Hall (No Comments »)
A Conjuration To Electra (No Comments »)
A COUNTRY LIFE:TO HIS BROTHER, MR THOMAS HERRICK (No Comments »)
A DIALOGUE BETWIXT HIMSELF AND MISTRESS ELIZAWHEELER, UNDER THE NAME OF AMARILLIS (No Comments »)
A HYMN TO BACCHUS (No Comments »)
A HYMN TO LOVE (No Comments »)
A HYMN TO THE GRACES (No Comments »)
A HYMN TO VENUS AND CUPID (No Comments »)
A Lyric to Mirth (No Comments »)
A MEAN IN OUR MEANS (No Comments »)
A MEDITATION FOR HIS MISTRESS (No Comments »)
A NEW YEAR’S GIFT,SENT TO SIR SIMEON STEWARD (No Comments »)
A PANEGYRIC TO SIR LEWIS PEMBERTON (No Comments »)
A PARANAETICALL, OR ADVISIVE VERSETO HIS FRIEND, MR JOHN WICKS (No Comments »)
A PASTORAL SUNG TO THE KING (No Comments »)
A PASTORAL UPON THE BIRTH OF PRINCE CHARLES:PRESENTED TO THE KING, AND SET BY MR NIC. LANIERE (No Comments »)
A REQUEST TO THE GRACES (No Comments »)
A Ring Presented to Julia (No Comments »)
A Thanksgiving to God for His House (No Comments »)
A VOW TO VENUS (No Comments »)
ALL THINGS DECAY AND DIE (No Comments »)
AMBITION (No Comments »)
AN EPITAPH UPON A CHILD (No Comments »)
An Epitaph Upon A Virgin (No Comments »)
AN HYMN TO THE MUSES (No Comments »)
AN ODE FOR BEN JONSON (No Comments »)
AN ODE OF THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOUR (No Comments »)
An Ode to Master Endymion Porter, Upon His Brother’s Death (No Comments »)
AN ODE TO SIR CLIPSBY CREW (No Comments »)
ANACREONTIC (No Comments »)
Another (No Comments »)
Another Grace For A Child (No Comments »)
ANTHEA’S RETRACTATION (No Comments »)
ART ABOVE NATURE: TO JULIA (No Comments »)
BARLEY-BREAK; OR, LAST IN HELL (No Comments »)
Be My Mistress Short or Tall (No Comments »)
BURIAL (No Comments »)
CASUALTIES (No Comments »)
CEREMONIES FOR CANDLEMAS EVE (No Comments »)
CEREMONY UPON CANDLEMAS EVE (No Comments »)
CHERRY RIPE (No Comments »)
COCK-CROW (No Comments »)
COMFORT TO A YOUTH THAT HAD LOST HIS LOVE (No Comments »)
Corinna’s Going A-Maying (No Comments »)
CRUTCHES (No Comments »)
DELIGHT IN DISORDER (No Comments »)
Departure of the Good Daemon (No Comments »)
Discontents In Devon (No Comments »)
Divination By A Daffodil (No Comments »)
Draw-gloves (No Comments »)
DREAMS (No Comments »)
Epitaph upon a Child that died (No Comments »)
ETERNITY (No Comments »)
FAREWELL FROST, OR WELCOME SPRING (No Comments »)
FELICITY QUICK OF FLIGHT (No Comments »)
FOUR THINGS MAKE US HAPPY HERE (No Comments »)
GOOD PRECEPTS, OR COUNSEL (No Comments »)
GRACE FOR A CHILD (No Comments »)
HER BED (No Comments »)
HIS AGE:DEDICATED TO HIS PECULIAR FRIEND,MR JOHN WICKES, UNDER THE NAME OFPOSTUMUS (No Comments »)
HIS CONTENT IN THE COUNTRY (No Comments »)
HIS COVENANT OR PROTESTATION TO JULIA (No Comments »)
HIS DESIRE (No Comments »)
HIS GRANGE, OR PRIVATE WEALTH (No Comments »)
HIS LAST REQUEST TO JULIA (No Comments »)
His Litany to the Holy Spirit (No Comments »)
HIS LOSS (No Comments »)
His Meditation Upon Death (No Comments »)
HIS MISTRESS TO HIM AT HIS FAREWELL (No Comments »)
HIS POETRY HIS PILLAR (No Comments »)
His Prayer For Absolution (No Comments »)
His Prayer To Ben Jonson (No Comments »)
HIS REQUEST TO JULIA (No Comments »)
HIS RETURN TO LONDON (No Comments »)
HIS SAILING FROM JULIA (No Comments »)
HIS WINDING-SHEET (No Comments »)
His Wish To God (No Comments »)
HIS WISH TO PRIVACY (No Comments »)
HOW HIS SOUL CAME ENSNARED (No Comments »)
HOW PANSIES OR HEARTS-EASE CAME FIRST (No Comments »)
HOW SPRINGS CAME FIRST (No Comments »)
I CALL AND I CALL (No Comments »)
IMPOSSIBILITIES: TO HIS FRIEND (No Comments »)
KISSING USURY (No Comments »)
LIFE IS THE BODY’S LIGHT (No Comments »)
Litany to the Holy Spirit (No Comments »)
LOSS FROM THE LEAST (No Comments »)
LOVE DISLIKES NOTHING (No Comments »)
LOVE LIGHTLY PLEASED (No Comments »)
LOVE, WHAT IT IS (No Comments »)
LOVERS HOW THEY COME AND PART (No Comments »)
MAN’S DYING-PLACE UNCERTAIN (No Comments »)
MATINS, OR MORNING PRAYER (No Comments »)
MEN MIND NO STATE IN SICKNESS (No Comments »)
MIRTH (No Comments »)
Miseries (No Comments »)
MONEY MAKES THE MIRTH (No Comments »)
MRS ELIZ: WHEELER, UNDER THE NAME OF THELOST SHEPHERDESS (No Comments »)
Night Piece, to Julia (No Comments »)
NO FAULT IN WOMEN (No Comments »)
NO MAN WITHOUT MONEY (No Comments »)
NO PAINS, NO GAINS (No Comments »)
NOT EVERY DAY FIT FOR VERSE (No Comments »)
NOTHING FREE-COST (No Comments »)
Oberon’s Feast (No Comments »)
OF LOVE: A SONNET (No Comments »)
ON A PERFUMED LADY (No Comments »)
ON HIMSELF (No Comments »)
On Julia’s Voice (No Comments »)
ON LOVE (No Comments »)
ORPHEUS (No Comments »)
PARDONS (No Comments »)
PEACE NOT PERMANENT (No Comments »)
POVERTY AND RICHES (No Comments »)
PRAY AND PROSPER (No Comments »)
Proof to No Purpose (No Comments »)
PURPOSES (No Comments »)
Rewards (No Comments »)
SAFETY ON THE SHORE (No Comments »)
SATISFACTION FOR SUFFERINGS (No Comments »)
SOFT MUSIC (No Comments »)
Sweet Disorder (No Comments »)
TEARS AND LAUGHTER (No Comments »)
THE APPARITION OF HIS, MISTRESS,CALLING HIM TO ELYSIUM (No Comments »)
THE APRON OF FLOWERS (No Comments »)
The Argument Of His Book (No Comments »)
THE BAD SEASON MAKES THE POET SAD (No Comments »)
The Bag Of The Bee (No Comments »)
THE BEGGAR TO MAB, THE FAIRY QUEEN (No Comments »)
The Bellman (No Comments »)
THE BLEEDING HAND; OR THE SPRIG OF EGLANTINE GIVEN TO A MAID (No Comments »)
THE BRACELET TO JULIA (No Comments »)
THE BRIDE-CAKE (No Comments »)
THE BUBBLE: A SONG (No Comments »)
THE CAPTIVE BEE; OR, THE LITTLE FILCHER (No Comments »)
THE CEREMONIES FOR CANDLEMAS DAY (No Comments »)
THE CHANGES: TO CORINNA (No Comments »)
THE CHEAT OF CUPID; OR, THE UNGENTLE GUEST (No Comments »)
THE COMING OF GOOD LUCK (No Comments »)
THE COUNTRY LIFE: (No Comments »)
THE CRUEL MAID (No Comments »)
THE DEFINITION OF BEAUTY (No Comments »)
THE DIRGE OF JEPHTHAH’S DAUGHTER:SUNG BY THE VIRGINS (No Comments »)
THE FAIRIES (No Comments »)
THE FAIRY TEMPLE; OR, OBERON’S CHAPEL (No Comments »)
THE FUNERAL RITES OF THE ROSE (No Comments »)
The Good-night or Blessing (No Comments »)
THE HAG (No Comments »)
THE HEART (No Comments »)
The Hock-cart, or Harvest Home (No Comments »)
The Hour-glass (No Comments »)
THE INVITATION (No Comments »)
THE KISS: A DIALOGUE (No Comments »)
THE LILY IN A CRYSTAL (No Comments »)
THE MAD MAID’S SONG (No Comments »)
THE MAYPOLE (No Comments »)
The Night Piece, to Julia (No Comments »)
THE OLD WIVES’ PRAYER (No Comments »)
THE OLIVE BRANCH (No Comments »)
THE PARCAE; OR, THREE DAINTY DESTINIES:THE ARMILET (No Comments »)
THE PARLIAMENT OF ROSES TO JULIA (No Comments »)
THE PLAUDITE, OR END OF LIFE (No Comments »)
THE PRESENT TIME BEST PLEASETH (No Comments »)
THE PRESENT; OR, THE BAG OF THE BEE: (No Comments »)
THE PRIMROSE (No Comments »)
THE ROCK OF RUBIES, AND THE QUARRY OFPEARLS (No Comments »)
The Rosary (No Comments »)
THE SHOWER OF BLOSSOMS (No Comments »)
THE SUCCESSION OF THE FOUR SWEET MONTHS (No Comments »)
THE TRANSFIGURATION (No Comments »)
The Vine (No Comments »)
THE VOICE AND VIOL (No Comments »)
THE WAKE (No Comments »)
THE WASSAIL (No Comments »)
THE WATCH (No Comments »)
THE WHITE ISLAND:OR PLACE OF THE BLEST (No Comments »)
THE WIDOWS’ TEARS; OR, DIRGE OF DORCAS (No Comments »)
The Wounded Cupid (No Comments »)
THINGS MORTAL STILL MUTABLE (No Comments »)
Time was upon (No Comments »)
TO A GENTLEWOMAN, OBJECTING TO HIM HISGRAY HAIRS (No Comments »)
TO ANTHEA (No Comments »)
To Anthea, Who May Command Him Anything (No Comments »)
TO BACCHUS: A CANTICLE (No Comments »)
TO BE MERRY (No Comments »)
TO BLOSSOMS (No Comments »)
TO CARNATIONS: A SONG (No Comments »)
TO DAFFADILS (No Comments »)
To Daisies, Not To Shut So Soon (No Comments »)
TO DEATH (No Comments »)
TO DIANEME (No Comments »)
TO ELECTRA (No Comments »)
TO ENJOY THE TIME (No Comments »)
TO GROVES (No Comments »)
TO HEAVEN (No Comments »)
TO HIS BOOK (No Comments »)
TO HIS CONSCIENCE (No Comments »)
TO HIS DYING BROTHER, MASTER WILLIAM HERRICK (No Comments »)
To his Girls (No Comments »)
To His Honoured and Most Ingenious Friend Mr. Charles Cotton (No Comments »)
TO HIS KINSWOMAN, MISTRESS SUSANNA HERRICK (No Comments »)
TO HIS LOVELY MISTRESSES (No Comments »)
TO HIS MUSE (No Comments »)
TO HIS PATERNAL COUNTRY (No Comments »)
TO HIS PECULIAR FRIEND, MR JOHN WICKS (No Comments »)
TO HIS SAVIOUR, A CHILD;A PRESENT, BY A CHILD (No Comments »)
TO HIS SWEET SAVIOUR (No Comments »)
TO HIS VERSES (No Comments »)
To Julia (No Comments »)
TO LAURELS (No Comments »)
TO LIVE FREELY (No Comments »)
To Live Merrily, And To Trust To Good Verses (No Comments »)
TO MEADOWS (No Comments »)
TO MISTRESS KATHARINE BRADSHAW, THE LOVELY, THAT CROWNED HIM WITH LAUREL (No Comments »)
TO MUSIC (No Comments »)
TO MUSIC, TO BECALM A SWEET SICK YOUTH (No Comments »)
TO MUSIC, TO BECALM HIS FEVER (No Comments »)
TO MUSIC: A SONG (No Comments »)
To Oenone (No Comments »)
TO PANSIES (No Comments »)
TO PERENNA (No Comments »)
To Perilla (No Comments »)
TO PHILLIS, TO LOVE AND LIVE WITH HIM (No Comments »)
TO PRIMROSES FILLED WITH MORNING DEW (No Comments »)
TO ROBIN RED-BREAST (No Comments »)
TO SAPHO (No Comments »)
TO SILVIA (No Comments »)
TO SILVIA TO WED (No Comments »)
TO SIR CLIPSBY CREW (No Comments »)
TO THE GENIUS OF HIS HOUSE (No Comments »)
TO THE HANDSOME MISTRESS GRACE POTTER (No Comments »)
TO THE LADY CREWE, UPON THE DEATH OF HER CHILD (No Comments »)
TO THE MAIDS, TO WALK ABROAD (No Comments »)
TO THE ROSE: SONG (No Comments »)
TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME (No Comments »)
TO THE WATER-NYMPHS DRINKING AT THEFOUNTAIN (No Comments »)
To the Western Wind (No Comments »)
TO THE WILLOW-TREE (No Comments »)
TO VIOLETS (No Comments »)
To Virgins, to Make Much of Time (No Comments »)
TO YOUTH (No Comments »)
TRUTH AND ERROR (No Comments »)
Up Scoble (No Comments »)
UPON A CHILD (No Comments »)
UPON A CHILD THAT DIED (No Comments »)
UPON A DELAYING LADY (No Comments »)
UPON A MAID (No Comments »)
UPON A PAINTED GENTLEWOMAN (No Comments »)
UPON CUPID (No Comments »)
UPON HER EYES (No Comments »)
UPON HER FEET (No Comments »)
UPON HIMSELF (No Comments »)
UPON HIS SISTER-IN-LAW, MISTRESS ELIZABETHHERRICK (No Comments »)
UPON JULIA’S CLOTHES (No Comments »)
Upon Julia’s Hair Filled With Dew (No Comments »)
UPON JULIA’S RECOVERY (No Comments »)
UPON JULIA’S RIBBON (No Comments »)
Upon Julia’s Unlacing Herself (No Comments »)
UPON JULIA’S VOICE (No Comments »)
UPON LOVE (No Comments »)
UPON LOVE:BY WAY OF QUESTION AND ANSWER (No Comments »)
UPON MAN (No Comments »)
UPON MRS ELIZ. WHEELER, UNDER THE NAME OFAMARILLIS (No Comments »)
Upon Parson Beanes (No Comments »)
Upon Prew His Maid (No Comments »)
UPON ROSES (No Comments »)
UPON TEARS (No Comments »)
UPON THE DETRACTER (No Comments »)
UPON THE LOSS OF HIS MISTRESSES (No Comments »)
Upon The Nipples Of Julia’s Breast (No Comments »)
UPON TIME (No Comments »)
WANT (No Comments »)
What Kind Of Mistress He Would Have (No Comments »)
WHEN HE WOULD HAVE HIS VERSES READ (No Comments »)
WHY FLOWERS CHANGE COLOUR (No Comments »)
WlT PUNISHED PROSPERS MOST (No Comments »)
WRITING (No Comments »)

Penguin Book of Sonnets

To His Mistress Objecting To Him Neither Toying Nor Talking (No Comments »)

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