Andrew Marvell, the Critical Heritage

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But whether Fate or Art unturn’d his thread,
Remains in doubt, Fames lasting Register,
Shall leave his Name enroll’d as great as theirs,
Who in Phillippi for their Country fell.


20.

Tell-Truth’s comment on Marvell

c. 1680

This anonymous comment alludes both to Marvell’s answers to Parker (‘the greatest Droll and Scribler’) and to the Growth of Popery.

Extract from Tell-Truth’s Answer to Tell-Troth’s Letter to the Right Honourable the Earl of Shaftesbury, In Vindication of his Lordship; By as down-right an ENGLISH-MAN as himself, Without Scandalous REFLECTIONS, pp. 3-4.

And ’tis no wonder you should fling a stone at Mr. Marvel’s Grave, for any whiffling Cur will venture to beard a dead Lion: ’tis well known, that little Andrew (as you contemptibly call him)1 had Wit and Policy enough to silence the greatest Droll and Scribler that ever troubled the Nation; and other Treatises that are for the good of the Nation, cannot escape your Scurrilous Reflections. And do not these Blisters on your Tongue betray the venome of your heart, and plainly shew, you are no true friend to the Church of England, but rather a Jesuite, or a favourer of Popery, since you would hush us to sleep with apprehensions that there is no fear of it till our throats are cut?

1 In A Letter to the Earl of Shaftesbury this 9thof July, 1680, Tom Tell-Troth asserts that he has read over an ‘abundance of such ware as little Andrew Marvel’s Unhoopable Wit and Polity, and the Independent Comment amongst it, together with the Growth of Popery, &c…’ (p. 4).

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