1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

G., "Extempore Epigram on reading Mr. Colman's new Comedy, intitled The Spleen, which had been severely and illiberally criticized" Morning Chronicle (14 May 1776).



Most authors envy a successful brother,
And "wits are fierce game-cocks to one another."
Thus said I to myself last night,
Whilst I perus'd each hum'rous scene;
COLMAN, as long as thus you write,
Instead of curing, you'll increase their SPLEEN!

ANOTHER.
Wit, Humour, Character, and well wrought scene!—
Can these the envious critic's rage allay?
Ah, COLMAN, no; they only raise more Spleen
Than twenty suburb Spaws can wash away.
And is there then, alas! no method left,
Of such fell critics to escape the fury?—
Yes, — copy them, — subsist by lies and theft,
Be dull, and under writer, and I'll insure ye.