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  1. 4 out of 5

    Steve Turtell

    I'd no more feel qualified to "review" Herrick than I would George Herbert, that other Anglican Priest/Poet. I've always thought it the most wonderful coincidence that two of the best English poets, one devoted to the pleasures of the world, the other the single most moving religious lyric poet in English, were both priests. As for Herrick, all I have to do to make myself happy is to read "Corinna's Going A'Maying" aloud. For those unfamiliar with it, here it is complete: CORINNA'S GOING A-MAYING I'd no more feel qualified to "review" Herrick than I would George Herbert, that other Anglican Priest/Poet. I've always thought it the most wonderful coincidence that two of the best English poets, one devoted to the pleasures of the world, the other the single most moving religious lyric poet in English, were both priests. As for Herrick, all I have to do to make myself happy is to read "Corinna's Going A'Maying" aloud. For those unfamiliar with it, here it is complete: CORINNA'S GOING A-MAYING. by Robert Herrick GET up, get up for shame, the blooming morn Upon her wings presents the god unshorn. See how Aurora throws her fair Fresh-quilted colours through the air : Get up, sweet slug-a-bed, and see The dew bespangling herb and tree. Each flower has wept and bow'd toward the east Above an hour since : yet you not dress'd ; Nay ! not so much as out of bed? When all the birds have matins said And sung their thankful hymns, 'tis sin, Nay, profanation to keep in, Whereas a thousand virgins on this day Spring, sooner than the lark, to fetch in May. Rise and put on your foliage, and be seen To come forth, like the spring-time, fresh and green, And sweet as Flora. Take no care For jewels for your gown or hair : Fear not ; the leaves will strew Gems in abundance upon you : Besides, the childhood of the day has kept, Against you come, some orient pearls unwept ; Come and receive them while the light Hangs on the dew-locks of the night : And Titan on the eastern hill Retires himself, or else stands still Till you come forth. Wash, dress, be brief in praying : Few beads are best when once we go a-Maying. Come, my Corinna, come ; and, coming, mark How each field turns a street, each street a park Made green and trimm'd with trees : see how Devotion gives each house a bough Or branch : each porch, each door ere this An ark, a tabernacle is, Made up of white-thorn neatly interwove ; As if here were those cooler shades of love. Can such delights be in the street And open fields and we not see't ? Come, we'll abroad ; and let's obey The proclamation made for May : And sin no more, as we have done, by staying ; But, my Corinna, come, let's go a-Maying. There's not a budding boy or girl this day But is got up, and gone to bring in May. A deal of youth, ere this, is come Back, and with white-thorn laden home. Some have despatch'd their cakes and cream Before that we have left to dream : And some have wept, and woo'd, and plighted troth, And chose their priest, ere we can cast off sloth : Many a green-gown has been given ; Many a kiss, both odd and even : Many a glance too has been sent From out the eye, love's firmament ; Many a jest told of the keys betraying This night, and locks pick'd, yet we're not a-Maying. Come, let us go while we are in our prime ; And take the harmless folly of the time. We shall grow old apace, and die Before we know our liberty. Our life is short, and our days run As fast away as does the sun ; And, as a vapour or a drop of rain Once lost, can ne'er be found again, So when or you or I are made A fable, song, or fleeting shade, All love, all liking, all delight Lies drowned with us in endless night. Then while time serves, and we are but decaying, Come, my Corinna, come, let's go a-Maying.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I loved it. He speaks so plainly. I adore the imagery. This isn't the exact book I read, the book I read also included the poetry of John Donne. Their styles are so different, it was interesting to see their works on love side by side and to compare them. But you can do the same thing by checking out each writer's works seperately. I loved it. He speaks so plainly. I adore the imagery. This isn't the exact book I read, the book I read also included the poetry of John Donne. Their styles are so different, it was interesting to see their works on love side by side and to compare them. But you can do the same thing by checking out each writer's works seperately.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    The poem "To Anthea (who may command him anything)" as well as a couple others (Wounded Cupid Song) made this a 5 star book. I went through this book cover to cover in fits and bursts and I didn't like most of it. But I'd say 15-20 of the poems were absolutely beautiful. I say pretty good odds 😂 Kind of a slog honestly reading it cover to cover, but it was an adventure wondering when I'd discover the next hidden gem. The poem "To Anthea (who may command him anything)" as well as a couple others (Wounded Cupid Song) made this a 5 star book. I went through this book cover to cover in fits and bursts and I didn't like most of it. But I'd say 15-20 of the poems were absolutely beautiful. I say pretty good odds 😂 Kind of a slog honestly reading it cover to cover, but it was an adventure wondering when I'd discover the next hidden gem.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

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  5. 5 out of 5

    A.H. Diab

    I do not recall the last occasion I had such an exquisite experience reading poetry. "In sober mornings, Do not thou rehearse The holy incantation, Of a verse; But when that men have both well drunk, and fed, Let my enchantments then be sung or read." Cheers! I do not recall the last occasion I had such an exquisite experience reading poetry. "In sober mornings, Do not thou rehearse The holy incantation, Of a verse; But when that men have both well drunk, and fed, Let my enchantments then be sung or read." Cheers!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Vega

    When it comes to the short form, even Shakespeare cannot better Robert Herrick. The complete poetry is a work of transcendent jawdropping beauty.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

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    Thomas

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    Trudi

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chesshistorian

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Willie Coetsee

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jon Frankel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan

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    Dan Muenzer

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  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Ian Slater

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