George Herbert: Country Parson & The Temple (Classics of Western Spirituality)George Herbert: Country Parson & The Temple (Classics of Western Spirituality)
George Herbert
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George Herbert lived in England during the tempestuous reigns of James I and Charles I that saw the nation racked by conflict among Catholicism, High Churchmen, and Puritans. A member of a politically-active family, Herbert rejected a promising career as a member of Parliamentfor the simple life of a country parson. While buisly involved in his pastoral duties he produced works of poetry and prose that have earned him a long-established place in English literary history. Collected here are two works originally published after Herbert's death at Bemerton in 1633: The Country Parson, a prose treatise on the duties, joys, and hardships of a pastor's life; and The Temple, a collection poems. In them the literary genius of this humble priest whose spirituality was a synthesis of Evangelical and Catholic piety was revealed.
     

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Preface
Foreword
Introduction

A Priest to the Temple, or the Country Parson His Cahracter, and Rule of Holy Life

The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejeculations

The Dedication
The Church Porch
The Church
The Church Militant
Poems Not Included in The Temple

Bibliography
Indexes

Preface, Introduction and Notes
Texts and Scripture
Poems