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Four Things Make Us Happy Here
Robert Herrick


Health is the first good lent to men;
A gentle disposition then:
Next, to be rich by no by-ways;
Lastly, with friends t' enjoy our days.


This poem is in the public domain.

Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674) was a British poet who tried his hand first at goldsmithing, then at the priesthood, before embracing his poetic destination. Deposed as a Devonshire vicar because of his loyalty to King Charles, Herrick was reinstated in that position when the king regained his throne after England's civil war and remained a vicar until his death. But the poetry writing that Herrick began during that enforced sabbatical launched a lifelong avocation. Though he was not particularly popular during his lifetime, Herrick is today considered a respected and accomplished lyric poet. Ironically, though many of Herrick's poems offer up passionate testaments on love and ladies, he was a lifelong bachelor--apparently, not by choice. There are those who suspect the poet's inspiration was limited to wishful thinking and his imagination; if so, his imagination was quite good!




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Definitely the former poets saw the beauty and meaning of life more clearly.
Posted 02/28/2014 09:16 AM
Yay, Robert Herrick. My favorite though is the poem about some lady's feet peeping from under her dress hem. Can't recall the title "To Lucinda, Upon Her Feet" or something like that.
Posted 02/25/2014 08:32 AM

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