think them worth Collecting, as the last were, into six Volumes of State Poems—And above all, I must needs say, I think I have not seen one yet that is worth an Authors marching from Newgate to Aldgate for; if any Author thinks otherwise, he is very welcome to make the Experiment.
If the great Men, whether in or out, must be Banter’d and Satyriz’d, I would fain perswade our Poets to go about it like Poets; that is, like Men of Sense and Men of Wit; and let it be done sharp and clever, suitable to the Quality of the Persons, and the Dignity of Satyr.
Thomas ‘Hesiod’ Cooke (1703-56) was the first to publish an edition of the poetry of Marvell subsequent to the 1681 Folio, with an anecdotal biographical account that was to be constantly pilfered by subsequent editors. His intent was political, his interest in the poetry scant: ‘My Design in this is to draw a Pattern for all free-born English-men, in the Life of a worthy Patriot, whose every Action has truely merited to him, with Aristides, the Sirname of the Just. ’
Extracts from his two-volume edition, 1726 (reprinted in 1772), I, pp. 14-15, 18-19, 20-1; II, Dedication to the Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery.
…he was often conversant, and to a great Degree of Intimacy, with the late Duke of Devonshire, and Mr. Milton; but more particularly with the latter. Their Friendship begun very early, which Nothing could end but Death. When Paradise lost was first