Analysis of Matins, or morning prayer

Robert Herrick 1591 (London) – 1674 (Dean Prior)



When with the virgin morning thou dost rise,
Crossing thyself come thus to sacrifice;
First wash thy heart in innocence; then bring
Pure hands, pure habits, pure, pure every thing.
Next to the altar humbly kneel, and thence
Give up thy soul in clouds of frankincense.
Thy golden censers fill'd with odours sweet
Shall make thy actions with their ends to meet.


Scheme ABCCDDEE
Poetic Form
Metre 1101010111 10111110 1111010011 11110111001 1101010101 111101110 11011111 1111011111
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 360
Words 64
Sentences 4
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 8
Lines Amount 8
Letters per line (avg) 36
Words per line (avg) 8
Letters per stanza (avg) 287
Words per stanza (avg) 62
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Robert Herrick

Robert Herrick was born in London, England, in 1591. He was apprenticed to a goldsmith (his uncle, Sir William), but went to Cambridge, at St John's, in 1613. He was ordained at Peterborough in 1623 and became chaplain to the Duke of Buckingham a few years later. "Hesperides" - a collection of 1200 lyrical poems - was published in 1648 and it remained his magnum opus. Herrick died in 1674, aged 83. more…

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