George Herbert, in his poetic skill and the depth of the spiritual experiences he explores, may be the greatest of all religious poets. The George Herbert Collection contains all of Herbert’s beloved poems, plus his letters and proverbs. To navigate Herbert’s rich poetry, this collection contains Gene Edward Veith’s Reformation Spirituality: The Religion of George Herbert. By illuminating the spiritual landscape of seventeenth-century England, Veith brings greater clarity to Herbert’s poetry and prose. Examining the two side by side, Veith explains Herbert’s work as a function of Reformation spirituality.
Also included in this collection are two classic biographies of George Hebert, George Herbert and His Times and The Life of George Herbert, as well as George Herbert Palmer’s annotated bibliography of Herbert’s works. With Logos Bible Software, these volumes are completely searchable—Scripture passages appear on mouseover and link to your original-language texts and English translations. For scholarly work or personal Bible study, this makes these works more powerful and easier to access than ever before. With Logos’ advanced features, you can perform comprehensive searches by topic or Scripture reference—finding, for example, every mention of “faith” or “John 3:16.”
Herbert speaks to God like one that really believeth a God, and whose business in the world is most with God. Heart-work and heaven-work make up his books.
George Herbert (1593–1633) studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. After college, he worked in Parliament for two years under King James VI. He was ordained into the Church of England in 1630 and spent the rest of his life in the little village of Fugglestone St. Peter. Herbert contracted tuberculosis, but just before he died, he passed his manuscript of poems to his good friend Nicholas Ferrar, asking him to burn them if he thought they weren’t any good. The book would go through eight editions within the next 60 years, and today many of his poems have become popular hymns.