Robert Herrick was born in London and served as an apprentice to his uncle, a goldsmith and jeweller to the king, before entering St. John's College Cambridge as a fellow-commoner in 1613 (B.A. 1617; M.A. 1620); he was ordained in 1623 and was chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham on the Isle of Rhe expedition in 1627. Herrick was (unhappily) the rector of Dean Prior, a remote parish in Devonshire from 1629 until 1647 when he was ejected and lived in Westminster, and again from 1662 to his death in 1674.
Hesperides: or, the works both humane and divine. 1648.
Select poems from the Hesperides, ed. John Nott. 1810.
Works. 2 vols, 1823.
Works. 2 vols, 1825.
Poetical works, ed. L. C. Martin. 1956, 1965.
Complete poetry, ed. J. Max Patrick. 1963.