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1593-1633. English poet. Educated at Westminster and Cambridge (where he was in due course to become public orator), it seemed that he was set for a distinguished public career, but the deaths of patrons and of James I himself dashed such possibilities. These deaths and that of his mother in 1626 may have influenced Herbert's always serious mind into deciding to enter . He became rector of Bemerton, near Salisbury, in 1629, but died of consumption four years later. Herbert was an exemplary pastor, and A Priest to the Temple is a fine analysis of what is desirable in clerical character and care. An early Anglo- Catholic, associated with the Little Gidding community of ,* he expresses in the poems contained in The Temple a personal piety as deep as, if less demonstrative than, that of his self-confessed mentor, ,* and wider than that of his master. In much of Herbert's poetry there is that subdued, but nonetheless sincere, sense of devotion that is the very essence of Anglican worship.