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Andrew Marvell
(1621-1678) born on
Mar 31
English poet. His political reputation overshadowed his poetry until the 20th C; considered to be one of the best secular metaphysical poets.
         
   
F
He nothing common did or mean
Upon that memorable scene,
But with his keener eye
The axe's edge did try.

R
This delicious Solitude.
A
Who can foretell for what high cause
This darling of the Gods was born?
N
I have a garden of my own,
But so with roses overgrown,
And lilies, that you would it guess
To be a little wilderness.
K
How vainly men themselves amaze
To win the palm, the oak, or bays.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Referring to the execution of Charles I. An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell's Return from Ireland."
R: "The Garden."
A: "The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers."
N: "The Nymph Complaining for the Death of her Fawn."
K: "The Garden."
   


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