1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:817-18.



The Reader may be pleased now to know by the way, for here I think it very proper to be brought in and no where else, that the said Andrew Marvell was Son of Andrew Marvell the facetious, yet Calvinistical, Minister of Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, that being very well educated in Grammar learning was sent to Cambridge, particularly, as I conceive, to Trin. Coll. where obtaining the Mastership of the Latin Tongue became Assistant to Joh. Milton when he was Latin Secretary to Oliver, and very intimate and conversant with that Person. A little before his Majesty's Restoration the Burghers of his native place of Kingston before mention'd did choose him their Representative to sit in that Parliament that began at Westminster the 25th of April 1660, and again after his Majesty's Restoration for that which began at the same place, 8 May 1661, and they loved him so well that they gave him an honourable Pension to maintain him. From which time to his death, he was esteemed (tho' in his Conversation very modest and of few Words) a very celebrated Wit among the Fanatics, and the only one so, for many Years after. He hath written, besides the two parts of The Rehearsal transpos'd, (1) A Book entit. Mr. Smirk, or the Divine in mode, being certain Annotations upon the Animadversions on naked Truth; together with a short historical Essay concerning general Councils, Creeds and Impositions in matters of Religion. Lond. 1675, qu. Which Historical Essay, was afterwards printed by it self in fol. The Person whom he calls Mr. Smirk, Author of Animadversions on Naked Truth, was Dr. Franc. Turner Head or Master of S. John's Coll. in Cambridge, conceiv'd and taken by Marvel to be a neat, starcht, formal and forward Divine. (2) The rise and growth of Popery, &c. Lond. 1678. fol. The second Part of which, from the Year 1677 to 1682, was penn'd by Rob. Fergusson before mention'd; said to be printed at Cologne, but really at Lond. 1682. qu. This Andrew Marvell who is supposed to have written other things, as I have told you in Joh. Denham, p. 424, died on the 18th of August 1678, and was buried under the Pews in the South side of the Church of S. Giles in the Fields, near London. Afterwards his Widow published of his Composition Miscellaneous Poems. Lond. 1681. fol. which were then taken into the hands of many Persons of his Persuasion, and by them cried up as excellent.