Robert Herrick

Robert
Herrick
1591
1674

English Lyric Poet and Cleric

Author Quotes

I dare not ask a kiss, I dare not beg a smile, lest having that, or this, I might grow proud the while. No, no, the utmost share of my desire shall be only to kiss that air that lately kissed thee.

Know when to speak - for many times it brings danger, to give the best advice to kings.

Next, when I cast mine eyes and see that brave vibration each way free, O how that glittering taketh me!

Out did the meate, out did the frolick wine.

Temptations hurt not, though they have accesse; Satan o'ercomes none but by willingnesse.

Thus let this Christal'd Lillie be a Rule, how far to teach, your nakednesse must reach: and that, no further, than we see those glaring colours laid by Arts wise hand, but to this end they sho'd obey a shade; lest they too far extend.

Welcome, maids of honor, you doe bring In the spring, And wait upon her.

Who with a little cannot be content, endures an everlasting punishment.

Give house-room to the best; 'tis never known Verture and pleasure both to dwell in one.

If well thou hast begun, go on fore-right it is the end that crowns us, not the fight.

Past Quotes, by Robert Herrick , Source: The Present Time Best Pleaseth

A Bachelour I will live as I have liv?d still, and never take a wife to crucifie my life.

A careless shoe string, in whose tie I see a wilde civility.

A Cat - I keep, that playes about my House, grown fat, with eating many a miching Mouse. To these a Trasy I do keep, whereby I please the more my rurall privacie: which are but toyes, to give my heart some ease: where care none is, slight things do lightly please.

A little meat best fits a little belly, as sweetly Lady, give me leave to tell ye, this little Pipkin fits this little Jelly.

Lord, 'tis Thy plenty-dropping hand
That soils my land;
And giv'st me, for my bushel sown,
Twice ten for one;
Thou mak'st my teeming hen to lay
Her egg each day;
Besides my healthful ewes to bear
Me twins each year;
The while the conduits of my kine
Run cream, for wine.
All these, and better, Thou dost send
Me, to this end,
That I should render, for my part,
A thankful heart.

Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.

Fair Daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon:
As yet the early-rising Sun
Has not attain'd his noon.

We have short time to stay, as you,
We have as short a Spring;
As quick a growth to meet decay
As you, or any thing.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.

Love is a circle that doth restless move in the same sweet eternity of love.

Kings ought to shear, not skin their sheep.

Tears are the noble language of the eye.

It is the will that makes the action good or ill.

Self-respect - that cornerstone of all virtue.

Three fatall Sisters wait upon each sin; First, Fear and Shame without, then Guilt within.

Author Picture
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Herrick
Birth Date
1591
Death Date
1674
Bio

English Lyric Poet and Cleric