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TEMPORA CINXISSET FOLIORUM DENSIOR UMBRA:
DEBETUR GENIO LAUREA SYLVA TUO.
TEMPORA ET ILLA TIBI MOLLIS REDIMISSET OLIVA;
HINC JUVENIS DISCAT, FEMINA, VIRGO, SENEX.
SCRIPSIT I. H. C.
ROBERT HERRICK, to the variety and fertility of whose genius we are indebted for the following volumes, was descended in a direct line, by the father's side, from Robert Eyrick of Houghton, a gentleman of an ancient family in Leicestershire, who lived about the middle of the fifteenth century. His intermediate ancestors, of whom an elaborate account may be found in Nichols's History of the County of Leicester,' were Thomas Eyrick, who settled in Leicester, and became a member of the corporation of that city in 1511-John Eyrick, who was admitted a freeman of Leicester in 1535,
and afterwards held the office of mayorand Nicholas Heryck, who settled as a goldsmith in Cheapside, London, in 1556, and in 1582 married Julian, daughter of William Stone, Esq. of Segenhoe, in Bedfordshire. This lady brought her husband five sons and two daughters. Robert, the fourth son of Nicholas and Julian, and author of HESPERIDES, was born in 1591.1
We have his own authority for assigning Cheapside as the place of his birth:
The golden Cheapside, where the earth
His baptism is recorded to have taken place at St Vedast, Foster-Lane, on the 24th of August, 1591, and it is likely that much
1 The orthography of his sirname seems to have undergone various changes. The names of his earlier ancestors are spelled thus, Ericke, Eyricke, Eyreke, Eyrick. His father adopted the name of Heryck, or Heyrick. While at the University our poet spelled his name Hearick; but at a later period, in publishing the Hesperides, he took the name of Herrick, by which he is now generally known.