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George Herbert (1) (1593–1633)

Author of The Complete English Poems

For other authors named George Herbert, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

George Herbert, remembered as one of the greatest of the Metaphysical poets, was born on April 3, 1593 in Montgomery, Wales. He attended Trinity College, Cambridge. Herbert was a Fellow of Trinity, a public orator, the canon of Lincoln Cathedral and a rector in Bemerton. Herbert died on March 1, show more 1633. On his deathbed, he gave a manuscript of verses called The Temple to his friend, Nicolas Ferrar. Although Herbert wanted the manuscript burned, Ferrar had it published. The poems contained in the manuscript exalt God, but Herbert believed he was committing a sin of pride by creating an artistic work. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by George Herbert

The Complete English Poems (1992) 506 copies
The Poems of George Herbert (1913) 108 copies
The Complete Poetry (2013) 82 copies
The Works of George Herbert (1853) 82 copies
The Essential Herbert (1987) 28 copies
Priest to the Temple (2003) 24 copies
The major metaphysical poets of the seventeenth century (1968) — Contributor — 17 copies
George Herbert: 100 Poems (2016) 5 copies
Poems by George Herbert (1923) 2 copies
The Preacher and Pastor (1849) 2 copies
Remains, 1652 (1970) 2 copies
Easter Wings 2 copies
66 wierszy (1997) 1 copy
Poetry 1 copy
Redemption 1 copy
The Pulley (2016) 1 copy
From The Temple (2017) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,276 copies
The Metaphysical Poets (1957) — Contributor — 939 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 930 copies
The Nation's Favourite Poems (1996) — Contributor, some editions — 628 copies
English Poetry, Volume I: From Chaucer to Gray (1910) — Contributor — 548 copies
The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse: 1509-1659 (1992) — Contributor — 288 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 116 copies
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 73 copies
The Faber Book of Gardens (2007) — Contributor — 45 copies
Poems of Faith (2002) — Contributor — 43 copies
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Contributor — 21 copies
Classic Hymns & Carols (2012) — Contributor — 15 copies
Poetry anthology (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 6 copies


Common Knowledge



With Hopkins, one of the greatest Christian poets; you can actually use the poems for prayer or meditation. “And all my sour-sweet days, I will lament and love” is a very good summary! We also get to sing him in various hymns. Favourites: “I got me flowers to straw thy way” from “Easter”; “Prayer, the church’s banquet”; “Let all the world in every corner sing” (there is a fantastic Vaughan Williams anthem setting of this); “Virtue”; “King of glory, King of peace”; “The Call”; “The Flower”; “I will complain, yet praise” from “Bitter-sweet”; “The God of Love my shepherd is”; “The Elixir”; “Love bade me welcome” and “Whether I fly with angels, fall with dust” from “The Temper”.… (more)
PollyMoore3 | 1 other review | May 14, 2020 |
A fine compilation of 17th poets, including George Herbert. I am not a huge fan of 17th century religious poetry, but this was a good book to give one an overview and a starting point for further study.
empress8411 | Jan 21, 2014 |
If I ever start to think I am smart or educated, I can pick up George Herbert's Poems and get back in my place. Nonetheless, with persistence and patience, I can glean blessings from this saint.
Barbybg | 1 other review | Apr 21, 2012 |
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