Magisterially maintaining your polemical Arguments and Debates, &. tanquam ex Tripode,1 pronouncing your Oracles concerning the Power of Princes; the Liberty of the Subject; the Authority of the Magistrate; the Obedience of the People; the Duty of the Prelates and Pastors unto their Flock; cum multis aliis: And, when you have tired your Auditors as well as your Readers, with your frequent Tautologies upon the same subject, ’tis but shifting your leg in your Gallop (lest you fall into a Dogtrot) and changing your Text, all will do well I’l warrant you.
A leader of a group Marvell called the ‘merry gang’ (Letters, p. 355), John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester (1647-80), includes a commendatory allusion to Marvell’s exposure of Parker in his satire Tunbridge Wells, first published in the State Poems (1705). Marvell, for his part, according to John Aubrey (see No. 28), expressed high admiration for Rochester’s satiric vein.
Extract from The Works, 1707: ll. 58-69.
List’ning I found the Cob [leading man] of all this Rabble,
Pert Bays [Parker], with his Importance comfortable [. ]2
He being rais’d to an Arch-Deaconry,
By trampling on Religion, Liberty;
Was grown so great, and lookt too Fat and Jolly,
To be disturb’d with Care and Melancholy,
1 Pronouncing ‘as if from the Delphic oracle. ’
2 Importance comfortable: a phrase used by Parker, which Marvell mockingly derides as a reference to his mistress (RT I, p. 6); it was picked up by other writers, among them Bishop Burnet (sec No. 9).