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The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2

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Author: Robert Herrick
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 133,084 / 435 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 409
Added to site: 2007.08.29 18044
Genre: Poetry

Edited by Alfred Pollard with a preface by A. C. Swinburne.

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c by Henry Lawes, and he was probably personally known both to the King and Queen. Outside the Court he reckoned himself one of Ben Jonson's disciples, "Sons of Ben" as they were called, had friends at the Inns of Court, knew the organist of Westminster Abbey and his pretty daughters, and had every temptation to live an amusing and expensive life. His poems were handed about in manuscript after the fashion of the time, and wherever music and poetry were loved he was sure to be a welcome guest.

Mr. Hazlitt's conjecture that Herrick at this time may have held some small post in the Chapel at Whitehall is not unreasonable, but at what date he took Holy Orders is not known. In 1627 he obtained the post of chaplain to the unlucky expedition to the Isle of Rhé, and two years later (September 30, 1629) he was presented by the King to the Vicarage of Dean Prior, in Devonshire, which the promotion of its previous incumbent, Dr. Potter, to the Bishopric of Carlisle, had left in the royal gift. The annual



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