Many generous people have contributed to this undertaking. I am most beholden to my friend and colleague Mary Kramer, who pored over every single draft cheerfully, proofreading scrupulously and counseling wisely each time, and to my daughter, Lindy Judge, whose emotional support and technical advice sustained me throughout the processes of writing and rewriting.
I am deeply grateful to three, incredibly busy scholars, Mary Baine Campbell of Brandeis University, P. Albert Duhamel of Boston College, and Frederick Marchant of Suffolk University, who favored me with me with their timely and careful readings when they themselves were immersed in their own academic pursuits. I appreciate the genuine support of my colleagues in the English department of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, especially Laura Barefield, Paula Haines, Martha McGowan, and William Roberts. Michael Pierson of the History Department proved to be an enthusiastic and resourceful help on more than one occasion as have my sons, Gregory and Walter Judge. Phoebe, Sophie, Morgan, and Lucy Judge have been more helpful than they realize.
In addition to many unnamed family members, I am thankful for my friendship with Eileen Margerum of Salem State College, who has listened to me talk about George Herbert and encouraged me to write about him for years. To this list I would add Helen Vendler, who mentored my early interest in Herbert's lyrics, and Richard Strier, who responded graciously to my many queries. I am grateful for permission to include material in chapter two that appeared in Cithara, in chapter four that appeared