1833 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Dibdin

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 103 (April 1833) 377.



Jan. 12. Charles Dibdin, esq. for many years author and manager at several London theatres.

He was a son of Charles Dibdin, senior, the very popular dramatist and song writer (who died in 1815), and brother to Thomas Dibdin, also a prolific dramatist. The printed works of the younger Charles Dibdin are, Claudine, a burletta, 8vo. 1801; The Great Devil, a spectacle, 8vo. 1801; The Song-smith, or Rigmarole Repository, 1802, 18mo. Mirth and Metre, poems, 8vo. 1807. Also, without date, Goody Two shoes, a pantomime; Barbara Allan; and the Old Man of the Mountains.

In his latter years his fervent and unaffected piety is stated to have shone forth with increased and peculiar lustre. He retained his mental faculties to the last hour, and spoke of his approaching decease with cheerfulness, expressing always a humble but firm hope in the merits of his Redeemer.