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'HE Poems of " the Divine Herbert"
will be found more complete in this
edition than in any that has before
appeared ; they were firft printed at
Cambridge in 1633, entitled " THE TEMPLE. Sa-
cred Poems and Private Ejaculations, by Mr. George
Herbert," with a preface of " The Printers to the
Reader," by Nicholas Ferrar, who was ufually called
" The Proteftant Saint Nicholas, and the pious Mr.
Herbert's brother;"* to this publication are added cer-
tain Latin and Greek poems. Of the Temple, it has
been remarked by his firft biographer, the Rev. Bar-
nabas Oley, that " He that reads Mr. Herbert's poems
attendingly, fhall finde not only the excellencies of
Scripture Divinitie, and choice paiTages of the Fathers
bound up in meetre ; but the doftrine of Rome alfo
finely and ftrongly confuted ; as in the poems ' To
Saints and Angels,' The Britifh Church,' The
Church Militant,'" &c.

Richard Baxter, in the preface to his Poetical
Fragments (Lond. 1 68 1 ) fays : " Next to the Scrip-

* Nicholas Ferrar tranflated Valdeflb's Divine Confidera-
tions ; to which work George Herbert wrote a preface and notes.
In Pickhard's Life of Ferrar of Little Gidding is printed a
Prayer by N. F. for his friend George Herbert in his Sicknefs.


ture Poems, there are none fo favoury to me as Mr.
George Herbert's and Mr. George Sandys'. I know
that Covvley and others far excel Herbert in wit and
accurate compofure ; But (as Seneca takes with me
above all his contemporaries, becaufe he fpeaketh
things by words, feelingly and ferioufly, like a man
that is part jell, fo) Herbert fpeaks to God like one
that really believeth a God, and whofe bufinefs in
this world is moft with God. Heart-work and
Heaven-work make up his books."

Walton ftates that Herbert, on his death-bed, de-
livered the Temple to Mr. Edmond Duncon, his
executor, with the following injunction : " ' Sir, I
pray deliver this little book to my dear brother Fer-
rar, and tell him, he fhall find in it a picture of
the many fpiritual conflicts that have patted betwixt
God and my foul, before I could fubject mine to the
will of Jefus my matter, in whofe fervice I have now
found perfect freedom ; defire him to read it, and
then if he can think it may turn to the advantage of
any dejected poor foul, let it be made public ; if not,
let him burn it, for I and it are lefs than the leaft of
God's mercies.' Thus meanly did this humble man
think of this excellent book, which now bears the
name of THE TEMPLE, or Sacred Poems and Private
Ejaculations ; of which Mr. Ferrar would fay, there
was the picture of a Divine Soul in every page ; and
that the whole book was fuch a harmony of holy
paffions, as would enrich the world with pleafure and
piety. And it appears to have done fo, for there
have been ten thoufand of them fold fince the firft
impreffion." *

* Izaak Walton published his life of Herbert in 1670. In


In the life of Dr. Donne, Walton fays:
" And in this enumeration of his friends, though
many muft be omitted ; yet that man of primitive
piety, Mr. George Herbert, may not : I mean that
George Herbert, who was the author of ' The Tem-
ple, or Sacred Poems and Ejaculations,' a book, in
which, by declaring his own fpiritual conflicts, he
hath comforted and raifed many a dejecled and dif-
compofed foul, and charmed them into fweet and
quiet thoughts ; a book, by the frequent reading
whereof, and the affiftance of that fpirit that feemed
to infpire the author, the reader may attain habits
of peace and piety, and all the gifts of the Holy
Ghoft and Heaven, and may by ftill reading ftill
keep thofe facred fires burning upon the altar of fo

the fourth edition, 1674, Walton fays, that " there have been
more than twenty thoufand of them fold fince the firft impref-
fion." The Temple was firft printed at Cambridge, 1633 ;
the fecond edition the fame year; third edition in 1634;
fourth edit. 1635 ; fifth edit. 1638 ; fixth edit. 1641 ; feventh
edit. 1656; eighth edit. 1660; ninth edit. 1667; tenth edit.
1674; eleventh edit. 1679; twelfth edit. 1703; thirteenth
edit. 1709; fourteenth edit. Briftol, 1799; fifteenth edit. Lond.
1805. There is in the Bodleian Library a MS. formerly belong-
ing to Abp. Sancroft, and afterwards to Bp. Tanner, entitled
" The original of Mr. George Herbert's Temple, as it was at
firft Licenfed for the Prefie. W. Sancroft ;" beautifully written
in folio, the punctuation altered by Sancroft. Dr. Blifs obferves,
that the poems are the fame with thofe ed. 1656, on a flight
collation, there does not appear to be any various readings, and
but one tranfpofition. On the title is the poetical dedication,
and at the bottom, original autographs. B. Lany Procan. Tho.
Bainbrigg. M. Wren. William Beale. Tho. Freman. There is
alfo in the fame library the following in MS. " Mr. Herbert's
Temple and Church Militant, explained and improved by a
difcourfe upon each poem, critical and practical, by Geo. Ry-


pure a heart, as mall free it from the anxieties of the
world, and keep it fixed upon things that are above.
Betwixt this George Herbert and Dr. Donne there
was a long and dear friendfhip, made up by fuch a
fympathy of inclinations, that they coveted and joyed
to be in each other's company ; and this happy
friendfhip was ftill maintained by many facred en-

Of the Latin poems, three are appended to the
original edition of his Remains, two are found in the
Lacrymae Cantabrigienfes and Epicedium Cantabri-
gienfe, and three more are given from autographs
in the hands of the publifher. Some others were
firft printed by Dr. Ja. Duport, ProfefTor of Greek
in the Univerfity of Cambridge, at the end of a fmall
volume,* containing other fimilar productions. They
are introduced with this notice, " Epigrammata qua-
darn pro difciplina Ecclejite nojlra Apologetica, ali-
quot abbinc annis confcripta a Geo. Herberts, at
quali et quanta viro et poeta, quam pio, quam inge-
niofo! de quo pr a ft at omnino tacere quampauca die ere;
preefertim cum exitniam ejus pietatem admirabilis in-
genii fale conditam loquetur Templum,loquetur Tem-

* Ecclefiaftes Solomonis, Auclore Joan. Viviano, Canticum
Solomonis : necnon Epigrammata Sacra per Ja. Duportum.
Accedunt Georgii Herbert! Mufae Refponforiae, &c. 1662.
In Duport's Mufae Subfecivae, &c. Camb. 1676, 8vo. are Latin
verfes addrefied to Herbert ; alfo in a volume of Latin Poems
by Will. Dillingham, D.D. of Camb. 8vo. 1678, are tranfla-
tions of five of Herbert's, viz. The Church Porch, The Sacri-
fice, Providence, Charms and Knots, and Man's Medley. In
the Poems of Daniel Baker, M. A. 1697, will be found verfes
" On Mr. George Herbert's Poems, called the Temple." Thofe
by Crafliaw and Ford are printed at the end of the Commenda-
tory Verfes.


pus, loquetur jEternitas. H<ec igitur carmina, po-
lita ad modum et elegantia, roU TTar^cc yv^V/a r/xva,
et Aufforis genium plane redolentia, quafi aureee co-
ronidis (^pvcrsyv xopujvyv Horn.) loco prioribus at-
texere vij'um eft."

The Greek and Latin Poems entitled Parentalia,
were firft printed at the end of a Sermon by Dr.
Donne, on the death of Lady Danvers, the mother of
G. Herbert. In the prefent volume every poetical
fragment of Herbert's has been inferted, that could
be traced.

The SYNAGOGUE, or the Shadow of the Temple,
by the Rev. Chriftopher Harvey,* firft printed 1640,
is retained in this edition. By the kindnefs of the
Rev. Dr. Blifs, Principal of St. Mary Hall, Oxford,
the publifher is enabled to add a Poem, afcribed to
Herbert, f entitled " a Paradox, that the ficke are in
a better cafe then the whole j" and alfo for fome
particulars of C. Harvey. The Notes of S. T. Cole-
ridge, occur in a copy of the Temple which formerly
belonged to him, and with whom it was a great fa-
vorite. He appears to have contemplated editing a
feledlion, with an occaiional verbal alteration.

The Profe Works of Herbert eonfift of the Prieft
to the Temple, Proverbs, Letters, &c. which are
printed uniform with the Poems, with the Life by
Barnabas Oley and Izaak Walton prefixed, and to-
gether form the entire works of Herbert known to
be extant.

One of the moft fuccefsful imitators of Herbert
was Henry Vaughan ; of whom Mr. LyteJ fays,

* See the advertifement before the Synagogue.

f- From a MS. collection of Poems in the Bodleian Library,
chiefly by Cambridge men, and written from 1647 to 1658.

J See Vaughan's Poems, Life, p. xxxii. fcp. 8vo. Pickering,
1847. b


" Juft at this time he became acquainted with the
" writings of George Herbert, and derived from them
" fo much of comfort and inftruction, that he deter-
" mined to make the life and competitions of that
" holy man his own future models. In imitation
" therefore of his Temple, he compofed, during the
" intervals of exemption from acute fuffering, a num-
" ber of little ' Sacred Poems, and private Ejacula-
" tions ;' and while his Oxford friends were pub-
" liming, contrary to his wifhes, the Olor Ifcanus,
" he gave the world a more faithful record of his
" mind and heart, in a collection of thefe, entitled,
" ' Silex Scintillans,' (Sparks from the flintftone.)
" This work was printed in London in the year
" 1650, and confifted of only one of the two parts
" fubfequently publifhed together."

This edition of Herbert's Temple has been very
carefully collated with the firft edition, and the ori-
ginal orthography reftored, together with the ufe of
italic and capital letters ; for which if any apology
were needed The Author of the Chriftian Year, a
work whofe Chriftian feeling is in unifon with that
of Herbert, fays in his preface to Hooker's Works
" that in punctuation and (till more in fpelling he
" mould himfelf prefer an exact reprint of the ori-
" ginal, excepting of courfe the palpable errors of the
" prefs. In one refpect efpecially, i. e. as a fpecimen
" and monument of language, ancient books lofe very
" much of their value by the neglect of ancient or-
" thography."*

* Keble, preface to Hooker, p. viii. ed. 1841.

Sept. 13, 1849.




The Printers to the Reader xxi



Aaron 183

A Dialogue-Antheme . 178
Affliction 38, 56, 68, 87, 95
Anagram ..... 73
An Offering . . . .152
Antiphon .... 46, 90

A Parodie 193

Artillerie ..... 143

AfTurance 161

A true Hymne , . . 176

Avarice 73

A Wreath .... 196
The Agony .... 29
The Altar .... 17
The Anfwer . . . .177
Bitter-Sweet .... 180

Bufmefle 113

The Bag 157

The Banquet . . . .191
The Britiih Church . 109
The Bunch of Grapes . 130
Charms and Knots . . 94

Chriftmas 77

Church-lock and key . 60
Church-monuments . . 59
Church-mufick ... 60
Church-rents & fchifmes 144
Clafping of Hands . . 163

Coloff. iii. 3. " Our life h

bid ivitb Cbriji in God" 82
Complaining .... 148

Confeflion 128

Confcience . . . . 104
Conftancie ..... 67

Content 63

The Call 163

The Church-floore . . 6 1
The Church-Porch . . I
The Collar . . . . 159
The Crofie . . . .172

Death 196

Decay 97

Dedication .... i

Deniall 76

Dialogue 114

Difcipline 188

Divinitie 137

Dooms-day 197

Dotage 175

Dulneffe 116

The Dawning . . . 112
The Difcharge . . . 149

Eafter 33

Eafter-Wings . . . . 35
Employment . . . 50, 75
Ephef. iv. 30. " Grieve not




the Holy Spirit," &c. . 1 39
Even-fong .... 58

The Elixer 195

Faith 42

Frailtie ...... 66

The Familie .... 140

The Flower . . . .173

The Foil 185

The Forerunners . . .186
Giddinefle .... 129
Good Friday .... 30

Grace 54

Gratefulnefle .... 125

Grief 171

The Glance . . . .180
The Glimpfe ... 1 60

Heaven 199

Holy Baptifme . . 36, 36
Holy Communion . . 44
Home ..... 106

Hope 123

Humilitie .... 65
The Hold Faft ... 148
The Holy Scriptures . 51

Jefu 112

Jordan .... 50, 101
Jofeph's Coat . . . .166
Judgement .... 198
Juftice .... 94, 145
The Invitation . . . 190

The Jews 158

Lent 83

Life 92

Longing 154

Love 47, 200

Love-Joy 117

Love unknown . . .131


Man's Medley . . -133
Marie Magdalene . . 182

Mattens 56

Miferie ..... 98
Mortification .... 96
The Method. ... 136

Nature 37

Obedience .... 103
The Odour 184


Paradife 135

Peace 126

Praife . . .55, 151, 164
Prayer .... 44, 102

Providence 117

Pfalm xxiii . . . . 181

The Pearl 86

The Pilgrimage . . . 146

The Pofie 193

The Priefthood . . . 167

The Pulley 166

The Quidditie ... 64

The Qwp no

Redemption .... 32
Repentance .... 41
The Reprifall ... 28

The Rofe 187

Self-Condemnation . . 179

Sepulchre 32

Sighs and Grones . . 80

Sinne 38, 57

Sinnes round .... 123

Sion 105

Submiffion .... 93

Sunday ...... 70

Superliminare ... 17
The Sacrifice . . . . 18

The Search .... 169

The Size 141

The Sinner .... 30

The Sonne 176

The Starre .... 69

The Storm 135

The Temper ... 48, 49
The Thankfgiving . . 27
The Water-Courfe . . 178
The Windows .... 62
The World .... 8l

Time 124

To all Angels and Saints 74
Trinitie Sunday ... 62
Ungratefulneffe ... 79
Unkindnefie . . . . 91
Vanitie . . . . 82, in

Vertue 85

Whitfunday .... 53





L'Envoy 209


i. New Year's Gift to his Mother 210

a. To his Succeflbr at Bemerton 211

3. On Lord Danvers 211

4. A Paradox, &c 212







THE SYNAGOGUE, by the Rev. C. Harvey, M.A. . 268


A Paradox . . . 325
A Stepping ftone to the
tbrejbold of Mr. Her-
bert's Church-Porch . 269
The Annunciation, or

Lady-Day .... 305
The Afcenfion, or Holy

Thurfday . . . .314
The Bible .... 281
The Bifhop .... 301
The Book of Common

Prayer 280

Church Feftivals . . . 303
Church-officers . . . 290
Church-utenfils . . . 276
Comfort in Extremity . 321
Commendatory Verles . 265
Communion Plate . . 288

Confufion 323

The Church .... 273
The Church-gate . . .271
The Church-porch . . 274
The Church-ftile . . .271
The Church- walls . . 272


The Church-warden . 295
The Church-yard . . 270
The Circumcifion, or New-
Years Day . . . .308
The Cleark .... 292
The Communion Table . 286

The Curb 330

The Deacon .... 297
The Dedication . . . 270

Engines 341

The Epiphany, or Twelfth-
day 310

The Font 277

Inmates 326

Inundations . . . .336

Invitation 320

The Journey . . . -339

The lofle 331

The Nativity, or Chrift-

mas-Day .... 307
The Overleer of the Poor 293
The Paffion, or Good

Friday 311

The Prieft 299



The Pulpit ....
Refolution and Affurance


The Sabbath, or Lords

The reading-Pue . .
The Refurredtion, or
Eafter-day ....
The Return . . . .




The Search . . . .332
The Sexton .... 290
Travels at Home . . . 338
Trinity Sunday . . . 318
Vows broken and renewed 322

Subterliminare .

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Whitfunday . . . .316

NOTES on the Temple and Synagogue, by S. T. Coleridge . 345





,EAD o'er thefe Raptures with a curious Eye,
You muft conclude, this Eagle foared high :
Montgomery Caftle was the place where he
Had his firft breathing, and Nativitie.
Of that moft Noble Houfe this Hero came,
Who left the World this Legacy of Fame.
Great Saint, unto thy Memory and Shrine
I owe all Veneration, fave Divine,
For thy rare POEMS : Piety and Pen
Speak thee no lefs than Miracle of Men.
The Graces all, both Moral and Divine,
In thee concenter, and with thee combine :
Thefe Sacred Leflbns, fet to thy fweet Lute,
Was Mufick that would make Apollo mute :
Nay, all thofe warbling Chanters of the Spring
Would fit half tame To hear Anon fing.
What Province hath produc'd a greater Soul,
Between the Ardlique, and Antardlique Pole,

* In the Regifter of Fugglefton and Bemerton, the following
entry occurs, " Mr. George Herbert, Elq. Parfon of Fugglefton
and Bemerton, was buried 3 day of March, 1632."


Then Wales hath done ? where HERBERT'S Church fliall be

A lafting Pyramid, for him and thee.

What Father of a Church ; can you rehearfe,

That gain'd more Souls to God 'twixt Profe and Verfe ?

What Orator had more Magnetique Strains ?

What Poet fuch a Fancy, Pen, or Brains,

In our Great Hierarchic ? Shew me the Man

That Sang more fadly than this dying Swan,

This Bird of Paradife, this Glowworm bright,

This Philomel, This Glory of the Night.

Seeing the Deluge rage, the Clouds ftill dark,

Reftlefs below, return'd up to the Ark,

This Sacred Dove, before he Scaled the Skies,

Rarely fet forth, the Worlds great Sacrifice ;

A melting POEM, all the reft fo high,

That the Dull World may learn to live and die.

Never did Pen humane, or Earing brain,

Exprefs or vent fuch a Seraphique ftrain.

You that are poets born, contend and ftrive,

In fpite of Death, dead HERBERT to revive.

Bring Wreaths of Larick, an immortal Tree,

To Salems facred Hill, for Obfequie.

ParnafTus' Mount "was never Jb d'rvine t

To turn the Mufes Water ; into Wine.

The Delphian Poet went from thence to Rome,

And there was entertain" d as Major Dome ;

And though the Bijhop, and bis Clerks do boafl }

That oldfalfe Prophet there doth rule the Roaft.

A lafting Spring of Blood Springs near that Hill,

There he did bathe ; there you your Vials fill.

'Twill melt your hearts, to view thofe defolations ;

Yet from that Spring flows higheft Infpirations.

Therein your Annals Such Encomiums bring,

To his memorial, as the Doves in Spring.

Such moan, as Algypts Vice Roy once did make

At Abel-Mixraim, For his Fathers fake,

Make your fhrill Trumpets : from that thorny Hill

Benbinnons Valleys with amazement fill.

To the Sepulchre go, there Sacrifice

The Diftillations of your Hearts and Eyes.

When you depart, fall down, and kifs that Land,


Where once his Mailers facred feet did ftand.
No Art or Engine can you fafely truft
To polifli him, but his own facred Duft.
Nor can you Paint, or Pencil him too high,
That liv'd and dy'd, without an enemy;
That left behind him, this admired Tomb,
But no Elijba In Eliab's roome.

An Epitaph upon the Honorable


YOU weeping Marbles ; Monuments we truft,
As well with the Injurious, as the juft.
When your great truft at laft fliall be refign'd,
And when his noble duft, mall be refind :
You mail more Gold, Myrrh, Frankincenfe return,
Than mall be found in great Auguftus' Urn.

He was the wonder, of a better age,

Th' Eclipfe of this of emptie heads, the rage.

Phoenix of Wales of his great name the glory.

A theme above all verfe, beyond all ftory.

A plant of Paradife ; which, in a word,

Worms ne're mail wither, as they did the Gourd.

Go you unborn, bedew dear HERBERT'S Tomb j
No more fuch Babes, are in Dame Natures Womb.
No more fuch Blazing Comets mail appear,
Nor leave fo happy influences here.
Go thaw your hearts at his celeftial fire,
And what you cannot comprehend, admire.

Go you dark Poems, dark even as the Skies,
Make the Scales fall from our dark dazling eyes.
Mirrors were made to mend, not mar our fight,
Glowworms to glitter, in th' moft gloomy Night.
About thofe glorious Regions, he is fled,
Where once Saint Paul was wrapt and ravifhed.

Her's a Divine, Prophet and Poet lies,
That lay 'd up Manna for pofterities.

P. D. Efq.


The Church Militant.

THE Churches progrefs; is a Mafter-piece,
Limn'd to the Life ; Of Egypt Rome and Greece :
Wherein he gives the Conclave fuch a blow,
They ne'er receiv'd from either friend or foe.
England and France, do bear an equal fliare
In his predictions, which time will declare;
Here's height of malice, here's prodigious luft,
Impudent finning, cruelty, diftruft ;
Here's black ingratitude, here's pride and fcorn,
Here's damned Oaths, that caufe the Land to Mourn j
And here's oppreffion, marks of Future Bane,
And here's Hypocrifie, the Counter-pane.
Here's love of guineas, curfed Root of all,
And here's Religion turn'd up to the wall :
And could we fee with HERBERT'S Eagle eyes,
Without Checkmate Religion weftward flies.
A moft fad Sacrifice was made of late
Of Gods poor Lambs by Pharafaique hate.
For Difcipline with Doctrine fo to jarr,
Wasjuft like bringing Juftice to the Barr.
Was it the will, or judgment, or commands,
Of the great Pilot, for to pafs the Sands ;
Well may we hope ; That our quick-lighted State
Will take God's grievance into a debate.
Cathedral Priefts, long fince have laid about,
Hammer and Tongs, to drive Religion out.
Her Grace and Majefty, makes them fo fraid,
They cry content, and fo Efpoufe her Maid.
She's decent, lovely, chafte, Divine they fay,
She loves their Sons, that fing our fins away.
Could we but count the Thoufands every year
Thefe dreams confume, The Mufick is too dear.
Wbtn Eli's Sons made luxury their God,
Their Widows namd their pofthumes Icabod.
They both iverc Jlain, Godsjacred Ark ivas //?,
Though they had ivith it, a moft mighty HoJ}.
Well may ingratitude make us all mourn ;
Pearls we receive, poor Pebbles we return.


Now Seine is fwallowing Tiler; if the Thames,

By letting in them both, pollute her ftreams ;

Or if the Seers ihall connive or wink,

Beware the Thunderbolt ; Migremus bine.

O let me die, and not furvive to fee

Before my death, Religions Obfequie.

Religion and dear Truth will prove at length

The Alpha and Omega of our Strength ;

Our Boa%, our Jacbin, our Great Britains glory,

Look'd on by Oivls, as a Romantick ftory.

Our Cloud, that comes behind us in the day,

Nights fiery Pillar, to diredt our way.

Our Chariots, Ships, and Horfemen, to withftand

The fury of our Foes by Sea or Land.

Our Eyes may fee, as hath been feen before,

Religion's Foes lie floating on the Shore :

The head of England's church proud Babels, but

Will Faith defend, and peace will Janus {hut.

Ad-verfus Impia.
Anno 1670.

Lines intended to be placed under
HERBERT'S Portrait.

BEHOLD an Orator, Divinely fage,
The Prophet ; and Apoftle of that age.
View but his Porch and Temple, you fliall fee
The Body of Divine Philosophy.
Examine well the Lines of his dead Face,
Therein you may difcern, Wifdom and Grace.
Now if the Shell fo lovely doth appear,
How Orient, was the Pearl, Imprifon'd here.



Entituled, the Temple of Sacred Poems,

Sent to a Gentlewoman.

KNOW you faire, on what you looke ;
Divineft Love lies in this booke :
Expefting fire from your eyes,
To kindle this his facrifice.
When your Hands untie thefe firings,
Think you have an Angel by th' wings.
One that gladly will bee nigh,
To wait upon each morning figh.
To flutter in the balmy aire
Of your well-perfumed Prayer.
Thefe white Plumes of his heele lend you,
Which every day to Heaven will fend you :
To take acquaintance of the JpAeare,
And all the fmooth-fac'd kindred there.
And though Herbert's name doe owe
Thefe Devotions, faireftj know
That while I lay them on the fhrine
Of your white Hand, they are mine.

R. Crafliaw, Steps to the Temple 1646.

Lines with HERBERT'S Poems.

THE Poet's now become a Prieft, and layes
His Poem at your feet, expedls no Bayes
But your acceptance} kiiuf/e it with "your eyes,
And make this offering prove zfacrlfce.
The Veftal fire that's in your breaft, will burn
Up all his drofle, and make it Incenfe turne j
And then your fmile a fecond life will give,
Hee'l fear no death, if you but bid him live.
Pardon this bold ambition, 'tis his drift,
* To make the Altar fanftifie the Gift.
Vifit this Temple^ at your vacant houres,
Twas Herberts Poem once, but now tis Yours.

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