Two Gentle Men: The Lives of George Herbert and Robert Herrick

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

ROBERT HERRICK GRADUATED FROM TRINITY HALL WITH A B.A. in 1617 and received his M.A. three years later. But the training was wasted on him, as his six years' attempt to be a goldsmith had also been wasted, for Herrick did not become a lawyer. Instead, three years later, he turns up in the company of his close friend, John Weekes. Weekes had been in training for the ministry, and when he entered the Church Herrick entered it with him.

On the twenty-fourth of April, 1623, Robert Herrick and John Weekes stood in the presence of Thomas Dove, Bishop of Peterborough, and by him were ordained deacons in the Church of England. It was a solemn ceremony, the same ritual in which George Herbert took part a few years later, and it testified that Herrick and Weekes were "inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost . . . to serve God, for the promoting of His glory and the edifying of His people."

Their next step was to be ordained priests. The Church of England had originally decreed that a full year must elapse before a deacon could receive this ordination, so that his fitness for his vocation could be fully tested. It was four years at least before George Herbert took this final step and assumed the cure of souls. But so scrupulous a conscience was not usual, and the Church had modified its original rule. There was now a waiting period of only three months, and Herrick and Weekes were free to return during the next Ember week if they were "faithful and diligent" as deacons.

In flat disregard of this rule, Herrick and Weekes presented themselves before the Bishop on the twenty-fifth of April, the day after they had become deacons. And the Bishop of Peter-

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  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 7
  • Part One - George Herbert 9
  • Chapter One 11
  • Chapter Two 22
  • Chapter Three 35
  • Chapter Four 47
  • Chapter Five 57
  • Chapter Six 68
  • Chapter Seven 77
  • Chapter Eight 85
  • Chapter Nine 93
  • Chapter Ten 107
  • Chapter Eleven 116
  • Chapter Twelve 123
  • Chapter Thirteen 134
  • Chapter Fourteen 148
  • Part Two - Robert Herrick 153
  • Chapter Fifteen 155
  • Chapter Sixteen 161
  • Chapter Seventeen 170
  • Chapter Eighteen 178
  • Chapter Nineteen 184
  • Chapter Twenty 192
  • Chapter Twenty-One 203
  • Chapter Twenty-Two 211
  • Chapter Twenty-Three 219
  • Chapter Twenty-Four 226
  • Chapter Twenty-Five 235
  • Chapter Twenty-Six 244
  • Chapter Twenty-Seven 255
  • Chapter Twenty-Eight 265
  • Appendix - Walton's Biography of Herbert 277
  • Selected Bibliography 283
  • Index 299
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