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Robert Herrick Poems – Five of our Favorites from the English Priest!

Robert Herrick Poems

August 24 marks the birthday of the seventeenth century English priest and poet Robert Herrick …

We honor the occasion with five of our favorite poems by Robert Herrick …

Robert Herrick (baptised 24 August 1591–buried 15 October 1674) was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. Herrick wrote over 2,500 poems, about half of which appear in his major work, Hesperides. Hesperides also includes the much shorter Noble Numbers, his first book, of spiritual works, first published in 1648. He is well known for his style and, in his earlier works, for frequent references to lovemaking and the female body. His later poetry was of a more spiritual and philosophical nature. (via Wikipedia)

*** What are your favorite Robert Herrick poems ?

Delight in Disorder

Robert Herrick

Found in the book
Hesperides and Noble Numbers:
Poems by Robert Herrick
(Available as FREE Ebook)

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness;
A lawn about the shoulders thrown
Into a fine distraction;
An erring lace, which here and there
Enthrals the crimson stomacher;
A cuff neglectful, and thereby
Ribands to flow confusedly;
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat;
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
Is too precise in every part.

 

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