Other literary forms
George Herbert’s most important work besides The Temple is his prose treatise A Priest to the Temple: Or, The Country Parson His Character and Rule of Holy Life, written when he was in fact a country parson at Bemerton during the last years of his life, though not published until 1652. However idealized it may be, A Priest to the Temple gives a good picture of the life of humble service that Herbert offered to his God and his parishioners. The volume of Outlandish Proverbs Selected by Mr. G. H., published in 1640, testifies to Herbert’s lifelong interest in the proverb, a form of literary and moral expression that is prominent throughout the poems in The Temple. Other minor works include a translation of A Treatise of Temperance and Sobrietie of Luigi Cornaro (1634), and a series of “Briefe Notes” appended to, but indicating various disagreements with, The Hundred and Ten Considerations of Signior Iohn Valdesso (1638).