1720 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

Giles Jacob, in Historical Account of the Lives and Writings of our most considerable English Poets (1720) 98-100.



A North-Country Gentleman, of a good Family, and Member of the long Parliament. He was a Person of Wit and Learning, and applying himself to Poetical Studies, he has given the World several Performances: what was most to his Honour is, his being the first that found out the Beauties of Milton. His Poems are,

I. On MILTON'S Paradise Lost. This is an Excellent piece.
II. Damon the Mower.
III. Young Love. A Poem.
IV. Musick's Empire. This piece, one of the best of Mr. Marvel's Writing, begins,

First was the World as one great Cymbal made,
Where Jarring Winds to Infant Nature plaid.
All Musick was a Solitary sound,
To hollow Rocks and murm'ring Fountains bound.
Tubal first made the wilder Notes agree—

V. Instructions to a Painter relating to the Dutch Wars. 1667.
VI. Britannia and Raleigh; a Dialogue.
VII. Oceana and Britannia.
VIII. An Historical Poem. This piece relates to King Charles's Exile and Restauration: being a Satire upon both.
IX. HODGE'S Vision from the Monument.
X. A State Dialogue between the two Horses at Charing-Cross and Stocks-Market. In this piece the Author has shewn a great deal of Humour, concluding with this remarkable Couplet,

But when will these things be mended?
When the Race of the Line of the Stuarts is ended.

XI. Nostradamus's Prophecies.
XII. Royal Resolutions.
XIII. On BLOOD'S Stealing the Crown. This is an Epigram, very much Reflecting upon the Priests; how justly, I leave others to Determine.

When daring Blood, his Rent to have regain'd,
Upon the English Diadem distrain'd;
He chose the Cassock, Sursingle and Gown,
The fittest Mask for one that Robs the Crown:
But his Lay-Pity underneath prevail'd,
And whilst he sav'd the Keeper's Life, he fail'd.
With the Priest's Vestment had he but put on
The Prelate's Cruelty, the Crown had gone.