Priest to the Temple, or, The Country Parson his Character and Rule of Holy Life

by George Herbert

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George Herbert was one of England’s more famous 17th century poets; like John Donne, his contemporary, he also served as an Anglican priest. Contemporary readers may recognize him as the author of the well-known poem, “Easter Wings.” A Priest to the Temple, on the other hand, is a prose discourse designed to offer practical advice to Anglican clergy. As well as covering such topics as prayer, preaching, and the administration of the sacraments, Herbert counsels his pastoral peers on everyday matters of household governance, dancing, food, and farming. In every area of his life, Herbert wrote, church leaders should “serve for lights even of Heavenly Truths.”

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George Herbert
Source: Wikipedia
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Born: April 3, 1593, Montgomery, Wales
Died: March 1, 1633, Bemerton, Wiltshire, England
Related topics: Christian poetry, English--Early modern, Christian poetry, English, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Donne, John,--1572-1631, England
Basic information: George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Being born into an artistic and wealthy family, he received a good education that led to his holding prominent positions at Cambridge University and Parliament. As a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, 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.
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