George Herbert Country Priest

Posted August 9, 2018 6:34 pm by Dwight Longenecker

George Herbert Country Priest

For those who remember your English Lit classes, George Herbert was from an aristocratic family. At Cambridge he was marked out as a rising star and was directed toward service at the royal court. He decided for the church instead and was ordained and became the country priest of the little hamlet named Bemerton near Salisbury. The picture with this post shows Bemerton church where Herbert is buried. Across the street you can still see the Vicarage where he lived.
Herbert’s poetry is clear, precise, metaphysical, mysterious and mystical. Here is an essay (an excerpt from my book Romance of Religion)

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