commends itself in an especial manner to the legislators of our Republic. Integrity and fidelity to principle are as greatly needed at this time in our halls of Congress as in the Parliaments of the Restoration; men are required who can feel, with Milton, that ‘it is high honor done them from God, and a special mark of His favor, to have been selected to stand upright and steadfast in His cause, dignified with the defence of Truth and public liberty. ’1
Anna Marie Fielding (1800-81) became well known as Mrs S. C. Hall (see No. 53). Although familiar with Marvell’s poetry, she clearly was most charmed by the image of the incorruptible patriot and wrote two highly romanticized sketches of the poet that were several times reprinted. The first appeared in 1850 in Pilgrimages to English Shrines, and was then reprinted in two American journals: the International Magazine (1851) and the National Magazine (1853). In addition to its biographical embroidery, the essay is notable for its terming the RT ‘a witty and sarcastic poem, ’ though she recognized that Marvell’s ‘last reply’ to Parker was a pamphlet.
The second sketch, which first appeared in 1852 in Sharpe’s Magazine, is also largely concerned with Marvell’s life, but by this date she had had the benefit of Henry Rogers’s essay (see No. 57) from which she quotes extensively. It was also to be reprinted—in the Eclectic Magazine (New York), 1852.
1 Adapted from Eikonoklastes, Columbia edition of the Works (New York, 1932), V, p. 74.
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Publication information: Book title: Andrew Marvell, the Critical Heritage. Contributors: Elizabeth Story Donno - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1995. Page number: 200.
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