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a person, or made use of as a shelter for unclean creatures to hide themselves and croak under them, as the Transproser doth, who having raked a heap of them together, from p. 175 to p. 183 [I, pp. 79-82] fancieth himself as secure on that dunghill, as if he were in some enchanted Castle.


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Bishop Burnet on the Parker controversy

1678, before 1715

Chaplain to Charles II, a post from which he was dismissed, and later Bishop of Salisbury, Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715) is best remembered as a historian of the Reformation and of his own times. Obviously an admirer of Marvell’s facility in demolishing Parker, he provides three evaluations of the controversy. The first, often cited, makes use of Marvell’s terminology and was an answer to Parker’s Reasons for Abrogating the Test (1678). The second, also often cited, appears in his History of My Own Time, published posthumously in 1724-34. The third derives from his manuscript papers.

(a) Extract from An Enquiry into the Reasons for Abrogating the TEST, imposed on all Members of Parliament, published in his Collection of Eighteen Papers. Relating to the Affairs of Church and State, 1689, pp. 201-3.

…so now the Price of the Presidentship [of Magdalen College, Oxford] is to be pay’d…. and He [Parker] to preserve the Character of Drawcansir [I, p. 21; from The Rehearsal, IV. i], which is as due to Him as that of Bays, falls upon the Articles of the Church, and upon both Houses of Parliament. It is Reproach enough to the

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