You know him best for his poem “To the virigins; to make much of time” (Gather ye rosebuds while ye may) which is classed as a Carpe Diem poem (seize the day – live now – grab fun while you still can).
Born on this day August 24th, 1591 in Cheapside, London he lived through the turmoil of the English Civil War. A royalist and a prolific poet he fell on hard times under the Commonwealth, as did most artists.
He was smart enough to pen verses to celebrate the birth of the royal children and found favour with the Crown following the restoration. Upon petition he was granted the Vicarage and living of Dean Prior.
Delight in Disorder; by Robert Herrick
A sweet disorder in the dress
kindles in clothes a wantonness;
a lawn about the shoulders thrown
into a fine distraction;
an erring lace, which here and there
enthrals the crimson stomacher;
a cuff neglectful, and thereby
ribands to flow confusedly;
a winning wave, deserving note,
in the tempestuous petticoat;
a careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility:
Do more bewitch me, than when art
is too precise in every part.