1836 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Robert Herrick

Richard Cattermole, in Sacred Poetry of the Seventeenth Century (1836) 2:309.



HERRICK, though not originally designed for the church, nor of a temper suited to the sacred profession, took orders, and held a living in Devonshire; being ejected from which, he laid aside the habit, and with it, apparently, the restraints of a clergyman; but resumed his gown after the restoration.

To the curious in our poetical literature his writings are well known; for the general reader it is to be desired, notwithstanding the fascination of his style and the melodious movement of his verse, that they should remain in their present obscurity. Happily they are likely, as a whole, so to remain; for no other age but his own could tolerate the grossness of many of them.