Born in 1593, George was the son of Richard Herbert, Lord of Cherbury, and his wife Magdalen. The lad when his dad died and his older brother Edward inherited the title. Both Edward and Magdalen were friends with the poet John Donne (also an Anglican saint); Edward too wrote a little poetry, perhaps setting an example for his more enduring brother. Edward, the father of English deism, was no doubt more famous than George during their lives. Edward was a soldier, a diplomat, a member of the Parliament. He even served in the Council of War and then did time for his Parliamentary criticism of the King during those troubled days of the Civil War. But younger brothers get to skate through all that without much trouble if they want, and this post is about the younger brother.
George was a scholar, graduating (BA, MA) from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was appointed a Reader in Rhetoric there, and then University Orator. In the 1620s, he also did a stint in Parliament, but it didn't seem to stick for him. That's not a bad thing -- he got out of the business a couple decades before the troubles that got folks killed up and down the isle. Of course, George's health was so poor that he didn't live to see the worst of the strife anyway. He died about a month before his fortieth birthday.
|"The Altar" a shape or pattern poem|
|"Easter Wings" another pattern poem|
Here's a couplet he wrote on the anagram Mary / Army. "How well her name an Army doth present, / in whom the Lord of Hosts did pitch his tent."