London: 1674: Printed by W. Godbid, for R.S. and are to be Sold by John Williams Junior, in Cross-Key Court in Little-Britain, 1674.
Printed: 1674 1597-1663 Duodecimo, 575 x 35 inches The tenth edition [p]6, [*]5, A-L12, K6; A-C12; A-B12, C6 This copy Lacks the engraved portrait of Herbert by White. But does include the poems entitled "The Church Porch" and "The Church" appear in this edition as full paged engravings. This copy is water stained in the first few signatures, with the loss of some fore edge margins that have been repaired. It is bound in a fancy mid-nineteenth century of embossed calfskin in a neo-gothic blind tooled panel.(erbacked) The endpapers are marbled, The spine is handsomely tooled in blind as well, although the spine label has flaked off
¶This work contains 140 stanzic patterns, including the most famous shaped poem in the English language Herbert's reputation rests on this remarkable collection of poems which mark perfectly the Metaphysical tone of his spiritual unrest which is resolved in final peace "the Herbert we know through 'Aaron,' 'Discipline,' 'The Collar,' 'The Pulley,' and many other poems in which he strives to subdue the willful or kindle the apathetic self His principal themes are those 'two vast, spacious things, Sinne and Love' There is nothing soft in the poet who seeks to engrave divine love in steel; and a catalogue of gratuitous, untempered, and short-lived sweets leads up to the magnificent contrast of the disciplined soul that 'never gives' (Bush)