1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

A. B., "On the Success of Dr. Goldsmith's Comedy" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (18 March 1773).



'Tis strange, sans fable, moral, head, or tail,
The Doctor's five-act-farce should so prevail!
Who could have thought this nice-discerning town
Would let such low absurdities go down?
That in a roar, a loud, horse-laughing Pit
Should take Tom Brown's stale ribaldry for wit?
Tremendous critics turn good-natur'd folks,
And buy at second hand Joe Miller's jokes!
Go on, sly bard, the ready path pursue;
Old jests forgotten are as good as new;
Leave the raw witlings to detect the bite:
For they, not you, "mistaken" are to "night."