Robert Herrick (1591–1674) summed up his own poetry best:
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers,
Of April, May, of June and July flowers,
I sing of May-poles, hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides and of their bridal-cakes.
He was as The Poetry Foundation put it in their entry for him "one of the most accomplished nondramatic poets of his age"(see: Robert Herrick : The Poetry Foundation). His poems are short and some of them are gem-like in their quality. One such is his poem 'To the Western Wind':
SWEET western wind, whose luck it is,
Made rival with the air,
To give Perenna's lip a kiss,
And fan her wanton hair:
Bring me but one, I'll promise thee,
Instead of common showers,
Thy wings shall be embalm'd by me,
And all beset with flowers.
That gem-like quality is very evident in Huw Morgan's setting of Herrick's text which he wrote for Southwark Cathedral's Merbecke Choir the first performance of which was recorded live during the Southwark Cathedral Merbecke Choir's Summer Concert in July 2011 and can be enjoyed in the music video below.
Sources & Resources:
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- Merbecke Choir, Southwark Cathedral
- MerbeckeChoir's Channel - YouTube
- 249. To the Western Wind. Robert Herrick. The Oxford Book of English Verse
- Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
- Robert Herrick : The Poetry Foundation