of most men, and writers too, in silencing that blasphemer of the good ways of God, with arguments taken from what he hath found acted upon his own soul…. Nor can I here omit to observe, how when the devil raised up Parker, that monster, to bark and blaspheme, the Lord raised up a Merveil to fight him at his own weapon, who did so cudgel and quell that boasting bravo, as I know not if he be dead of his wound, but, for any thing I know, he hath laid his speech.
Prebendary of Exeter Cathedral and a staunch churchman and royalist, Thomas Long (1621-1707) published his Mr. Hales’s Treatise of Schism Examin’d and Censur’d in 1678. Though he once refers to Marvell by name, elsewhere it is as the author of the RT or the Transproser.
Extract from the Preface, B7v-B8v, p. 13.
The Author of the Rehearsal Transpros’d, speaks marvellously of Him: I shall conclude (says he) with a Villainous Pamphlet,1 of which a great Wit was the Author….
[Quotes Marvell, freely rendered, I, p. 79. ]
(And then he fills up near Eight Pages of his Book, out of Mr. Hales his Eight Leaves.)
And necessary it is that such noxious and unsavory weeds should be rooted out, and not suffered to defile the grave of so Candid
1 In the RT I, Marvell refers ironically to the ‘villainous pamphlet’ of the ‘ever-memorable’ John Hales as he was known to his contemporaries, and cites extensively from his treatise.