* That Marvell in 1650 was Royalist in sympathy is suggested by two bits of evidence turned up recently by one of the editors. Robert Wild evidently is borrowing two lines from the "Ode" ("Hut with his keener eye / The ax's edge did try") in his poem on "The Death of Mr. Christopher Love," which includes the line "I His keener words did their sharp ax exceed." Love was beheaded by Cromwell on August 22, 1651, and the poem would seem to have been composed shortly after the execution. Wild was definitely Royalist in sympathies.
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