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Herrick, Robert

Born: 1591 AD
Died: 1674 AD
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1591 – He was born on the 24th day of August this year in Cheapside, London, he was the seventh child and fourth son of Nicholas Herrick, a prosperous goldsmith, who committed suicide when Robert was a year old.


1607 – He became apprenticed to his uncle, Sir William Herrick, who was a goldsmith and jeweller to the king. The apprenticeship ended after only six years when Herrick, at age twenty-two, matriculated at St John’s College, Cambridge.


1617 – He graduated this year. He became a member of the Sons of Ben, a group of Cavalier poets centered around an admiration for the works of Ben Jonson.


1627 – He took religious orders, and, having been appointed chaplain to the duke of Buckingham, accompanied him on his disastrous expedition to the Isle of Rhé (1627).


1629 – He became vicar of the parish of Dean Prior, Devon in this year, a post that carried a term of thirty-one years. It was in the secluded country life of Devon that he wrote some of his best work.


1648 – His reputation rests on his Hesperides, a collection of lyric poetry, and the much shorter Noble Numbers, spiritual works, published together in this year.


1662 – In the wake of the English Civil War, his position was revoked on account of his refusal to make pledge to the Solemn League and Covenant. He then returned to London. His position was returned to him in the Restoration of Charles II and he returned to Devon in this year.


1674 – He died sometime in October of this year.

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