In 1747 Dr. James Parsons (1705-70) delivered a series of lectures, entitled Human Physiognomy, to the Royal Society. Notably in one, he quoted seven of the fourteen stanzas of the lyric ‘Eyes and Tears’ with specific attribution to Marvell, reflecting an early if post-seventeenth-century interest in a poem that was to stir comment up to the end of the nineteenth century. The following year Parsons’s remarks on Marvell, together with the seven stanzas, were given wider circulation in the Gentleman’s Magazine, 18 (1748), p. 555.
Extract from Human Physiognomy (1747), p. 79.
But, besides these [Juvenal, Vergil], I find an English Poet singing their other Uses in the most pathetic and engaging Manner; whose charming Song it would be unpardonable to conceal, since no Language can boast of one more expressive upon the Subject, and wherein he has shewn, that Tears are a Blessing peculiar only to human Nature.
[Omits stt. 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 13 and the Latin version of st. 8. ]