George Herbert: His Religion and Art

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NOTES TO CHAPTER I
1. F. E. Hutchinson describes fifteen editions and three variants in The Works of George Herbert, 2nd ed. ( Oxford, 1945), pp. lvi-lxii. Since Hutchinson's and all modern editions of The Temple have alphabetical tables of the poems, I have omitted page references to specific poems of Herbert. For much of the material in the following pages I am indebted to Hutchinson essay on Herbert 'Contemporary and Later Reputation,' Works, pp. xxxix-l, as well as to Arthur H. Nethercot more general studies: 'The Reputation of the "Metaphysical Poets" during the Seventeenth Century,' JEGP, XXIII ( 1924), 173-98; The Reputation of the "Metaphysical Poets" during the Age of Pope, PQ, IV ( 1925), 161-79; The Reputation of the "Metaphysical Poets" during the Age of Johnson and the "Romantic Revival, SP, XXII ( 1925), 81-132; The Term "Metaphysical Poets" before Johnson, MLN, XXXVII ( 1922), 11-17.
2. See "A Stepping Stone to the Threshold of Mr Herbert's Church-Porch," The Works of George Herbert ( London, 1859), II, 298.
3. The Works, ed. L. C. Martin ( Oxford, 1914), II, 391.
4. Henry Vaughan: A Life and Interpretation ( Oxford, 1947), pp. 102-03.
5. See, e.g., Vaughan 'Retirement,' The Works, II, 462-63. Here the 'throne of azure' seems to be taken from Herbert 'Humilitie,' and 'Keeping close house' reflects the 'keep house unknown' of 'The Flower.' 'And would not see, but chose to wink' applies to God the phrase which Herbert applied to the rebellious soul in 'The Collar': 'While thou didst wink and wouldst not see.' 'Lovetwist' derives directly in meaning and form from the 'silk-twist' of 'The Pearl.' In the final stanza of 'Retirement,' 'school . . . heraldry . . . Thy true descent' are lifted bodily from 'Churchmonuments,' and the dramatic final words, 'I will,' imitate the 'My Lord' of 'The Collar.' There are also other possible reminiscences of Herbert 'Affliction ( I),' 'The H. Communion,' 'Love ( II),' and 'Frailtie.' But 'Retirement' is not singular in the number of its borrowings; it reminds us of Herbert because, despite some looseness and awkwardness, it imitates Herbert's tone and logical structure.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Contents 5
  • Preface 7
  • I 9
  • Chapter I- Time and the Temple 11
  • Chapter II- The Life 29
  • Chapter III- Religion 49
  • II 71
  • Chapter IV- The Conception of Form 73
  • Chapter V- The Proper Language 95
  • III 121
  • Chapter VI- The Poem as Hieroglyph 123
  • Chapter VIII- Music 156
  • Appendix A- ''Mr Herbert''s Temple & Church Militant Explained and Improved'' 191
  • Appendix B- Bacon and Herbert 195
  • Abbreviations Used in Notes 198
  • Notes to Chapter I 199
  • Index 239
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