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Selected Poetry of Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

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Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
To-morrow will be dying.
        (To Virgins, to Make Much of Time, 1-4)
  1. Another Grace for a Child
  2. The Argument of his Book
  3. The Bad Season Makes the Poet Sad
  4. Corinna's Going a-Maying
  5. Delight in Disorder
  6. Discontents in Devon
  7. His Prayer for Absolution
  8. His Prayer to Ben Jonson
  9. His Return to London
  10. His Wish to God
  11. The Night Piece, to Julia
  12. An Ode to Ben Jonson
  13. A Thanksgiving to God, for his House
  14. To Anthea, who may Command him Anything
  15. To Daffodils
  16. To his Conscience
  17. To Live Merrily, and to Trust to Good Verses
  18. To Virgins, to Make Much of Time
  19. Upon Julia's Clothes
  20. Upon Parson Beanes
  21. Upon the Loss of his Mistresses
  22. What Kind of Mistress He would Have
  23. When he would have his Verses Read

Biographical information

Given name: Robert
Family name: Herrick
Birth date: 1591
Death date: October 1674
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Nicholas Herrick
          mother: Julian Herrick
          Westminster School
          St. John's College, Cambridge: 1613
          Trinity Hall, Cambridge (B.A.): 1616 to 1617
          Trinity Hall, Cambridge (M.A.): 1617 to 1620
Politics: Royalist
Literary movement: Cavalier poets
Literary period: Seventeenth century
Occupation: Minister: 2 October 1629
          London: 1591
          Ashburton, Devonshire: 2 October 1629
          St. Anne's, Westminster, London: 1647
Buried at: Dean Prior, near Ashburton, Devonshire
First RPO edition: 1997