George Herbert was a Welsh-born poet, orator and priest of the Church of England. Herbert’s poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as “one of the foremost British devotional lyricists”.
Born into an artistic and wealthy family, Herbert was largely raised in England and received there a good education that led to his admission in 1609 as a student at Trinity College, Cambridge. He went there at first with the intention of becoming a priest, but when eventually he became the University’s Public Orator he attracted the attention of King James I. In 1624 and briefly in 1625 he served in the Parliament of England.