George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognised as a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British devotional lyricist.
Throughout his life, he wrote religious poems characterised by a precision of language, a metrical versatility, and an ingenious use of imagery or conceits that was favoured by the metaphysical school of poets. Charles Cotton described him as a "soul composed of harmonies". Some of Herbert's poems have endured as popular hymns, including "King of Glory, King of Peace" (Praise): "Let All the World in Every Corner Sing" (Antiphon) and "Teach me, my God and King" (The Elixir). Herbert's first biographer, Izaak Walton, wrote that he composed "such hymns and anthems as he and the angels now sing in heaven".
First published in 1906.
With thirty-two illustrations.
There is some shelf wear and rubbing to the spine and corners of the cover. There is some light foxing on the inside, otherwise the pages are clean and the binding is tight.