Splendidly unchurched students in my Bible-as-lit course this Fall.
Trivia from Antonia Fraser's biography of Cromwell: Sigmund Freud named one of his sons "Oliver" in honor of Old Noll's efforts on behalf of letting the Jews back into England.
Best couplet from the first half of the 17th c.: the opening of Andrew Marvell's "Tom May's Death," satirical account of the journey into the underworld of the poetaster May, one of the least talented of the "Sons of Ben [Jonson]" (who appears to have died after a drinking bout):
As one put drunk into the packet-boat,Bastard Ashbery's already taken the 1st line for a title.
Tom May was hurried hence and did not know't.