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George Herbert’s Latin Verse

Musae Responsoriae, Passio Discerpta, Lucus, and Alia Poemata

Edited and translated by Catherine Freis, Richard Freis, and Greg Miller

Herbert’s relatively little-known Latin works, the collections Musae Responsoriae,
Passio Discerpta, Lucus
, and a variety of occasional pieces, reveal a satiric and playful
poet that may surprise readers of The Temple This new translation makes those works
fully available to a broad readership. Reflecting a deep understanding of the original
Latin text, the work of Freis, Freis and Miller meets the challenge of combining
fidelity and clarity. Rich annotations situate the poems in their complex literary,
theological, and historical contexts. Like their earlier translation of Memoriae
Matris Sacrum
, this model of exacting scholarship will serve generations of Herbert

— James Doelman, Brescia University College, University of Western Ontario

A new translation and critical edition of George Herbert’s Latin Verse is now available, as volume 39 of the George Herbert Journal (paperback) and in cloth binding as part of the GHJ Special Studies and Monographs series. This volume contains Latin and English texts of all Herbert’s Latin poems except for those in Memoriae Matris Sacrum, available in a companion volume previously published as George Herbert Journal volume 33 and in cloth in the Special Studies and Monographs series.

George Herbert’s Latin Verse runs to over 300 pages, and contains a detailed introduction setting out the background of these poems; the Latin and English texts on facing pages; three Appendices, including one on “Herbert’s Metrics”; full notes on the poems; and a bibliography.

The paperback version of George Herbert’s Latin Verse costs $15 for mailing within the U.S. and $25 for outside the U.S. If you would also like the Memoriae Matris Sacrum volume (xxi + 199 pages), the discounted price if ordered now and mailed with the current volume is $10 paperback and $16 clothbound.

Send orders to Sidney Gottlieb, Editor, George Herbert Journal ( Payment can be made by check (payable to: George Herbert Journal) sent to him at: Department of Communication, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT 06514 or via PayPal (