includes eight lyrics; notice from the prefectory ‘Critical List of Authors. ’
MARVELL is a writer almost forgotten: but undeservedly so. His poetical reputation seems to have sunk with his political party. His satires were coarse, quaint, and virulent; but his other productions are full of a lively, tender, and elegant fancy. His verses leave an echo on the ear, and find one in the heart. See those entitled BERMUDAS, TO HIS COY MISTRESS, ON THE DEATH OF A FAWN, & C.
A liberal journalist and writer, Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) did much to popularize Marvell’s writings, both non-political and political, in his various publications.
(a) Extract from the Indicator, 24 November 1819, no. 7 (repr. 1822), pp. 51-2.
We do not know, and perhaps it would be impossible to discover, whether Butler wrote his minor pieces before those of the great patriot Andrew Marvell, who rivalled him in wit and excelled him in poetry. Marvell, though born later, seems to have been known earlier as an author. He was certainly known publicly before him. But in the political poems of Marvell there is a ludicrous Character of Holland, which might be pronounced to be either the copy or the original of Butler’s, if in those anti-Batavian times the Hollander had not been baited by all the wits; and were it not probable, that the unwieldy monotony of his character gave rise to much the same ludicrous imagery in many of their fancies. Marvell’s wit has the advantage of Butler’s, not in learning or multiplicity of contrasts (for nobody ever beat him there), but in a greater