Who is George Herbert

George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as "one of the foremost British devotional lyricists." He was born into an artistic and wealthy family and largely raised in England. He received a good education that led to his admission to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1609. He went there with the intention of becoming a priest, but he became the University's Public Orator and attracted the attention of King James I. He served in the Parliament of England in 1624 and briefly in 1625.

After the death of King James, Herbert renewed his interest in ordination. He gave up his secular ambitions in his mid-thirties and ...
Read Full Biography


George Herbert Poems

  • Prayer (i)
    Prayer the Church's banquet, angels' age,
    God's breath in man returning to his birth,
    The soul in paraphrase, heart in pilgrimage,
    The Christian plummet sounding heav'n and earth; ...
  • H. Baptism Ii
    Since, Lord, to thee
    A narrow way and little gate
    Is all the passage, on my infancy
    Thou didst lay hold, and antedate ...
  • Antiphon (i)
    Chorus: Let all the world in ev'ry corner sing
    'My God and King.'

    Verse: The heav'ns are not too high, ...
  • Good Friday
    O my chief good,
    How shall I measure out thy blood?
    How shall I count what thee befell,
    And each grief tell? ...
  • The Holdfast
    I threatened to observe the strict decree
    Of my deare God with all my power and might:
    But I was told by one, `It could not be;
    Yet I might trust in God to be my light.' ...
Read All Poems


Top 10 most used topics by George Herbert

God 40 Heart 35 I Love You 34 Love 34 Soul 28 Life 27 Earth 25 World 24 Good 23 Death 20


George Herbert Quotes

Read All Quotes


Comments about George Herbert

  • Sophic_hegemon: 28) george herbert walker bush was the leader of the fourth reich. here's a playlist. read richard m. dolan & joseph p. farrell for more.
  • Iwestayunited: "our true mankind is humanity'' - herbert george wells the ''if you look at his wife, she was standing there. she had nothing to say. she probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say'' - donald trump.
  • Febsfriendfams: “the best mirror is an old friend.” ― george herbert
  • Classicmoviehub: holmes herbert played henry spoffard in the silent 1928 version of gentlemen prefer blondes; george winslow played the role in the 1953 film...
  • Iwestayunited: "our true mankind is humanity'' - herbert george wells the “i told trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. trump responded, ‘that’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.'” - michael cohen
Read All Comments

Write your comment about George Herbert


cecde: like a poam

Poem of the day

Elizabeth Stoddard Poem
The Wolf-Tamer
 by Elizabeth Stoddard

Through the gorge of snow we go,
Tracking, tramping soft and slow,
With our paws and sheathed claws,
So we swing along the snow,
Crowding, crouching to your pipes-
Shining serpents! Well you know,
When your lips shall cease to blow
Airs that lure us through the snow,
...

Read complete poem

Popular Poets