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A Week in Literary History

April 3rd, 2002

Welsh religious poet George Herbert (The Temple, 1633) is born at Montgomery Castle, Wales, in 1593.

George Herbert, b. April 3, 1593, d. 1633

Herbert lived a distinguished and apparently blameless life; Izaak Walton called him “holy Herbert.” A Latin and Greek scholar at Cambridge, he turned to preaching and poetry after the death of King James I and became famous in both capacities, although only his first book of poems appeared during his lifetime. A lovely and moving poet, he would doubtless hold a higher position in the pantheon if he had not restricted himself to devotional themes, and if he had not died before his fortieth birthday.

Suggested Reading Poems Parentalia, 1627. The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations, 1633. Devotional commentary A Priest to the Temple, or The Country Parson, His Character and Rule of Holy Life, 1652.

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