1672 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Butler

Andrew Marvell, 1672; in Isaac D'Israeli, Quarrels of Authors (1814) 2:310.



How delightful it is to observe MARVELL, the Presbyterian and Republican Wit, a Man of fine Genius, with that generous temper that instantly discovers the alliance of Genius wherever it meets with it, warmly applaud [in the Rehearsal Transposed] the great work of BUTLER, which so completely ridiculed his own Party. "He is one of an excellent wit," says MARVELL, "and whoever dislikes the choice of his subject, cannot but commend the performance."