George Herbert
(1593-1633)

 

George Herbert, engraving by Robert White (1674), National Portrait Gallery, London.

Note: Herbert died on 1 Mar. 1632, during a time period in which the new year did not begin until 25 March, so some biographies give the corrected calendar year as 1633.

Featured Hymns:

Come, my way, my truth, my life (The Call)
Let all the world in every corner sing (Antiphon)
Oh all ye who pass by (The Sacrifice)
Teach me, my God and King (The Elixir)

Published Works:

The Temple (1633): PDF
Outlandish Proverbs (1640): PDF
Herbert’s Remains (1652): PDF
A Priest to the Temple, or The Country Parson (1652): PDF

Manuscripts:

Volume of Poems by George Herbert (28.169, “The Williams Manuscript,” or MS Jones B62), Dr. Williams Library, Bloomsbury, London:
https://dwl.ac.uk/index.php

George Herbert’s manuscript of The Temple, Bodleian Library, Tanner Manuscripts, No. 307:
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/wmss/online/online.htm

The Bodleian Manuscript of George Herbert’s Poems: A Facsimile of Tanner 307 (NY: Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, 1984): WorldCat

Editions:

Select Hymns Taken out of Mr Herbert’s Temple and Turned into Common Metre (1697): PDF

The Works of George Herbert (London: Wm. Pickering, 1846)

Volume 1: PDF
Volume 2: PDF

George Herbert Palmer, The English Works of George Herbert (1905):

Volume 1: PDF
Volume 2: PDF
Volume 3: PDF
Volume 4: PDF
Volume 5: PDF
Volume 6: PDF

Ann Pasternak Slater, George Herbert: The Complete English Works (NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995): Amazon

Helen Wilcox, The English Poems of George Herbert (Cambridge: University Press, 2007): Amazon

Jim Scott Orrick, A Year with George Herbert: A Guide to Fifty-two of His Best Loved Poems (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011): Amazon

John Drury & Victoria Moul, George Herbert: The Complete Poetry (Penguin, 2015): Amazon


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Biographies:

Isaak Walton, The Life of Mr. George Herbert (1670): PDF

William T. Brooke, “George Herbert,” ed. John Julian, A Dictionary of Hymnology (London, 1892), pp. 511-512: Google Books

Amy M. Charles, A Life of George Herbert (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977): WorldCat

John Drury, Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert (University of Chicago Press, 2013): Amazon

Related Links:

“George Herbert” on Hymnary.org:
https://hymnary.org/person/Herbert_G

Robert Gullifer, “George Herbert,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:
http://www.hymnology.co.uk/g/george-herbert