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Selected Poems

Robert Herrick

Edited by David Jesson-Dibley

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Categories: 16th Century, 17th Century, British, Christianity
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2003)
£9.95 £8.96
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  • I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers:
    Of April, May, of June, and July-flowers.
    I sing of may-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
    Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal-cakes...
    I write of groves, of twilights, and I sing
    The Court of Mab, and of the Fairy King.
    I write of Hell; I sing (and ever shall)
    Of Heaven, and hope to have it after all.

                           from 'The Argument of His Book'

    This selection makes available the full range of Robert Herrick's poetry: joyful eroticism, warm observations of rural life and shrewd epigrams, shadowed by an elegiac awareness of mortality and the fragility of beauty. The poems are animated by Herrick's humane and generous enjoyment of life, qualities that have made him one of the best-loved of English poets.

    David Jesson-Dibley's selection of the most important of Herrick's poems is arranged thematically, providing an ideal introduction for readers new to Herrick, and a fresh perspective for those already familiar with his poetry. The introduction sets Herrick in the context of his times and contains suggestions for further reading.

    Cover shows detail of applique valance from Hardwick Hall showing a fisherman, his dog and birds in a tree, copyright National Trust Photographic Library/John Hammond.
    Table of Contents


    The Argument of his Book

    On Himself

    Upon his Verses

    An Ode for Him (Ben Jonson)

    Discontents in Devon

    His Grange, or Private Wealth

    To his Maid Prew

    His Farewell to Sack

    The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home

    His Age

    The Welcome to Sack

    The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad

    The Christian Militant

    The Departure of the Good Demon

    Upon Sibb. Epigram

    Upon Slouch

    The Coming of Good Luck

    Farewell Frost, or Welcome to the Spring

    To Dean-Bourn, a Rude River in Devon

    His Return to London

    Upon Man

    Soft Music

    The Cheat of Cupid

    The Bag of the Bee

    The Amber Bead

    The Definition of Beauty

    Love, What it is

    Lovers, How they Come and Part

    No Bashfulness in Begging

    Love me Little, Love me Long

    What Kind of Mistress he would have

    The Suspicion

    To his Mistress, Objecting to him neither Toying or Talking

    His Parting from Mistress Dorothy Kennedy

    The Parting Verse

    The Tear Sent to her from Staines

    Upon a Painted Gentlewoman

    Mistress Elizabeth Wheeler

    The Lily in a Crystal

    Delight in Disorder

    Upon his Julia

    Upon Julia's Voice

    Cherry Ripe

    Art Above Nature, to Julia

    Upon Julia's Clothes

    Julia's Petticoat

    A Ring Presented to Julia

    Tears are Tongues

    His Sailing from Julia

    The Night-Piece, to Julia

    Upon Julia's Recovery

    His Request to Julia


    To Enjoy the Time


    His Protestation to Perilla

    The Vision of Electra

    To Anthea

    To Anthea Lying in Bed

    To Anthea, who may Command him Any Thing

    To Phyllis, to Love and Live with him

    To Dianeme

    To Sylvia to Wed

    A Nuptial Song, or Epithalamy

    Corinna's Going a-Maying

    To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

    A Meditation for his Mistress

    To Daffodils

    To Blossoms

    The Sadness of things for Sappho's Sickness

    The Changes to Corinna

    To a Gentlewoman, Objecting to him his Gray Hairs

    To Perilla

    To Anthea

    Upon the Loss of his Mistresses

    The Apparition of his Mistress Calling him to Elysium

    The Parting Verse, the Feast there Ended

    Upon a Child. An Epitaph

    Upon a Child that Died

    To his Dying Brother, Master William Herrick

    To the Reverend Shade of his Religious Father

    To Find God

    What God Is

    Good Friday: Rex Tragicus, or Christ Going to His Cross

    His Anthem to Christ on the Cross

    God's Mercy

    To his Sweet Saviour

    Poetry Perpetuates the Poet

    Upon Himself

    His Winding-Sheet

    His Poetry his Pillar

    To Laurels

    Upon Himself

    To his book's end

    David Jesson-Dibley
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