1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Marvell

Anonymous, "To a certain Member of the House of Commons, who complained of the Price of Three Guineas for the Works of A. Marvell, and then gave Three Guineas for a Perigord Pie" St. James's Chronicle (6 July 1776).



Most virtuous Senator, could'st thou deny
Three Guineas for three Books, and buy a Pie?
For while that Marvell's Work improv'd thy Head,
The damn'd French Pie would send thee sick to Bed:
Take Marvell's Rule, and turn away thy Cooks,
And feed on humble Mutton and good Books;
Adopt at once the noble Institution,
'Twill help thy own, and England's Constitution.

* A well-known Story of the Patriot, who told Lord Danby, he had eaten three Days of a Shoulder of Mutton, and yet he refused a Thousand Pounds from his Hands, though he borrowed a Guinea the Moment he was gone.