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LONDON
GEORGE ROUTLEDGE AND SONS

BROAdWAY, lUdGAtE HIll
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PUBLIC LIBRARY

565633

ASTOR, LE NOX AND

TILD..N FOUNDATIONS

R 1915 L

MORLEY'S UNIVERSAL LIBRARY.

VOlUMES AlREAdY PUBlIShEd.

SHERIDAN'S PLAYS.

FLA YS FROM MOLIERE. By English Dramatists.

MARLO WE'S FA USTUS b> GOE THE'S FA UST.

CHRONICLE OF THE CID.

RABELAIS GARGANTUA and the HEROIC DEE.DS QF.P'AN^AGRUEL. l\'T&& ~£RIN££c" By ^iachiavelli. * BACON'S ESSAYS.'

D£FOKS-j\yUFNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR.

LQQR-F-CA'CIVIL GOVERNMENT&'FILMER'S

. . v" PATRIARCHAL

SCOTT'S DEMONOLOGY and WITCHCRAFT.

DRY DEN'S VIRGIL.

BUTLER'S ANALOGY OF RELIGION.

HERRICK'S HESPERIDES.

COLERIDGE'S TABLE-TALK.

BOCCACCIO'S DECAMERON.

STERNE'S TRISTRAM SHANDY.

CHAPMAN'S HOMER'S ILIAD.
MEDI.-EVAL TALES.

VOLTAIRE'S CANDIDE & JOHNSON'S
RASSELAS.

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INTRODUCTION.

Robert Herrick — whose name was written also Hearicke, Heyricke, Eyrick, and Erick—belonged to a Leicestershire family, out of which came in after years the Abigail Erick, who was mother to Jonathan Swift. The poet's father, Nicholas Herrick, was a goldsmith in Cheapside, who in 1582 married a Julian Stone and had seven children, of whom Robert, the youngest, was baptized on the 24th of August, 1591.

In November, 1592, Nicholas Herrick, being sick in body, made his will, and within a day afterwards fell or threw himself from a window of his house in Cheapside and was killed. Dr. Fletcher, Bishop of Bristol, father of John Fletcher the poet, claimed, as High Almoner, the goods left by the dead man. He claimed them ns goods aad (Chattels of a suicide, but accepted upon arbitration an awa>rd' jf £zzg-. In' tile /ollowing year a posthumous child was born' to Tf/lli. Herrick." .Bt; was named William, after the uncle who.acted.as guardian to'the children. The father's possessions reahzed'fo:- the .family about

Robert Herrick had been named after^he;eldest<5f.his uncles, an ironmonger, who was three times Msy/dr 6f Leicester, lived to keep his golden wedding-day, and died when his nephew and godson was twenty-seven years old. The poet had rich relatives, and many of them. His grandmother, when he was .twenty years old, died at the age of ninety-seven, and it is said on her tomb that "she did see, before her departure, of her children and her children's children, to the number of 142." Herrick had on his mother's side an Aunt Anne, married to Sir Stephen Soame, who was Lord Mayor of London in 1598. This brings the name of Soame into his poems.

After an education of which nothing is known but that it laid foundations for a keen enjoyment of the Latin lyric poets, Robert Herrick was apprenticed, at the age of sixteen, to his uncle William, who obtained knighthood, and, like the poet's father, was a goldsmith. He lived in Wood Street, Cheapside, and had a manor—Beau Manor Park—in Leicestershire. Before he was out of his time as apprentice, Robert Herrick had given up the pursuit of trade and was studying as a Fellow Commoner at St. John's College, Cambridge. But it was from Trinity Hall that he graduated as B A. in the year of Shakespeare's death, and as M.A. in 1620, when his age was twentyninq. Herrick was one of Nature's poets, and had by that time written many a line that gave him place among the younger men

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