By N. Maltzahn
This well timed and definitive chronology of Andrew Marvell is an invaluable source for any pupil, historian, literary student or basic reader attracted to the lifestyles and works of this nice author. a part of the Palgrave writer Chronologies sequence, this new reference paintings via Professor Nicholas von Maltazhn enhances the present resurgence of curiosity during this canonical author by means of offering in-depth and new biographical element as a context for Marvell's paintings.
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John ad Provincias Foederatas’, which epigram turns on whether the Dutch wish to deal with an Oliver (as in Cromwell) or a St John. Parliament had chosen St John and the Yorkshireman Walter Strickland (brother-in-law to the Lady Frances Strickland to whom Robert Witty dedicated his translation of Popular Errours, now in press) to lead a grand embassy to negotiate a close alliance with Holland; the appointment came 14 February 1650/51. Writing as if the embassy is in prospect, AM in Yorkshire presumably composes the poem in time for the embassy’s departure from London early in March (PL 1:308; Smith 257–8).
Moreover, ‘Some of them played the informers, relating my doctrine and maner of preaching to those who were more diligent to inquire and seeke narrowly into my ministry then charitable to advise me in any thing, or Christianly wise in their owne Courses to avoid scandall’. They condemn him for wearing surplice, although other ministers whom they like more are uncensured on this score. Finally, ‘All these reproaches Cast upon my ministry have been Whisperings and back-bitings. to draw, as may be supposed, either my person or my doctrine into disgrace and obloquy, with the people set under my ministry.
A number of AM’s lyrics are thought likely to date from this time on the basis of the poems they echo (see also 4 March 1647 above). These include ‘On a Drop of Dew’ and its Latin twin ‘Ros’ (drawing on Crashaw’s ‘Eyes and Tears’ in Steps to the Temple, 1646), as well as ‘The Nymph Complaining’ (drawing on Richard Fanshawe’s translation of Il Pastor Fido; Smith 65–71). Still more difﬁcult to date are AM’s ‘Young Love’, ‘Eyes and Tears’, and ‘The Fair Singer’ (the latter may recall a line from Areopagitica, Smith 72–4, 96–7).