The knowing of herbs
priest, poet and would-be physician.
BBC journalist, Andrew Marr, recently described the special quality of George Herbert's poetry ('My most treasured book', The Times, 28th Sept. 2013): Although I'm not particularly religious, George Herbert is my favourite poet and at the moment I am reading him obsessively. There are various poems addressed to God, but they have a wit, liveliness and a humanity about them that is absolutely refreshing and life enhancing.
Following a career that combined academia and the royal court, George Herbert (1593–1633) eventually settled as a priest of a small country parish. Here he lent his intellect to his new role, among whose duties he felt was the need for both the priest and his wife to tend the poor sick. Correction: In the article text GH's dates should read '1593-1633'.
Header images: Portrait of George Herbert in Bemertion by William Dyce, 1851 Tate Gallery, London/Gerard's Herbal, 1597.