1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Herrick

James Granger, in Biographical History of England (1769; 1824) 3:136.



Robert Herrick was author of a great number of poems, many of which are of the lyric and epigrammatic kinds. His "Christmas Carol," and his "New Year's Gift," were set to music by Henry Lawes, and performed before the king. Several are addressed to Endymion Porter, a great friend and patron of poets, and one to "Mrs. Katherine Bradshawe, the lovely, that crowned him with laurel." But Phillips gives us to understand, that he was inspired by his maid Prue only. It appears from the efforts of her inspiration, that Prue was but indifferently qualified for a tenth muse. He was, perhaps, the first of the numerous translators of the "Dialogue betwixt Horace and Lydia," which may be seen among his works. See more of him in the Athenae Oxonienses, where his Divine Poems are particularly commended.