George Herbert
George Herbert was a Welsh born English poet, orator and Anglican priest
A priest is a person authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and deities. They also have the authority or power to administer religious rites; in particular, rites of sacrifice to, and propitiation of, a deity or deities...


Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University
University of Cambridge
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 and Parliament
Parliament of the United Kingdom
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. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge
Trinity College, Cambridge
Trinity College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. Trinity has more members than any other college in Cambridge or Oxford, with around 700 undergraduates, 430 graduates, and over 170 Fellows...

, Herbert excelled in languages and music. He went to college with the intention of becoming a priest, but his scholarship attracted the attention of King James I/VI
James I of England
James VI and I was King of Scots as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the English and Scottish crowns on 24 March 1603...


Lines 25-26 Dare to be true. Nothing can need a lie:A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.

Lines 77-78 By all means use sometimes to be alone.

Line 145 By no means run in debt: take thine own measure.Who cannot live on twenty pound a year,Cannot on forty.

Lines 175-177 Wit's an unruly engine, wildly strikingSometimes a friend, sometimes the engineer.

Lines 241-242 Be calm in arguing: for fierceness makesError a fault, and truth discourtesy.

Lines 307-308 Be useful where thou livest.

Line 325 Man is God's image; but a poor man isChrist's stamp to boot: both images regard.

Lines 12-14 I got me flowers to strew Thy way,I got me boughs off many a tree:But Thou wast up by break of day,And brought'st Thy sweets along with Thee.