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George Herbert, Priest and Poet

Kenneth Mason

Kenneth Mason, born in 1931, was ordained priest in 1959. After eleven years in parish ministry in the Diocese of York, he moved to Canterbury, where he was engaged from 1969 to 1989 in ministerial training and education. He was then Principal of Coates Hall, the Episcopal Theological College in Edinburgh, until 1995. He now lives in retirement in the Diocese of Ripon.

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George Herbert’s anguish when he sensed that God was calling him to become a priest, his almost mystical vision of the priestly office, and the total dedication with which he finally embraced it, provide us with inspiration and encouragement in our own desire to serve God. In this perceptive study of four of Herbert’s best-loved poems, ‘The Collar’, ‘Love’, ‘Aaron’, and ‘The Flower’, Kenneth Mason shows how Herbert’s way with words illuminates God’s ways with the human heart.


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