Robert Herrick

1591-1674

 

Robert Herrick is buried in Dean Prior Church, Devon, England.

He is buried in an unmarked grave but is commemorated by a tablet and a stained glass window in the church. Near the door, a showcase contains his poetical works.

Herrick was vicar at Dean Prior from 1629-1647 and again from 1662 to the end of his life. At first he was repelled by rural life but over time became accustomed to it.

He was said to be a dynamic preacher who once threw his sermon at an inattentive congregation.

Herrick is renowned for his highly crafted lyrics on the subject on human mortality. A.C. Swinburne called him 'The greatest song-writer ever born to the English race.'

Herrick (along with Carew, Suckling and Lovelace) was one of the cavalier poets. Although not a formal group, they were all supporters of Charles I and were heavily influenced by Ben Jonson.

Herrick's major work Hesperides was published in 1648 but was not a success. However, his work was re-valued during the nineteenth century and he is well thought of today.

Herrick died a bachelor at the age of 83.

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Stained Glass Windows.

 

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

From To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
 
(complete poem)

 

Read more of Herrick's poetry
 

 


 

 

 
 
 
 

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