ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
George Colman the Younger
V., "To George Colman, jun. Esq. on hearing it doubted whether he was the Author of the new Comedy of Two to One" Morning Chronicle (26 June 1784).
George Colman the Younger:
1784: T. S.
1787: Thomas Busby
1789: John Nichols
1801: Alexander Thomson
1812: John Wilson Croker
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: George Daniel
1815: Lord Byron
1820: David Carey
1821: Lord Byron
1821: John Taylor Esq.
1825: Thomas Hood
1830: John Wilson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1847: Horace Smith
1856: Samuel Rogers
1882: Epes Sargent
What tho' I hear some snarling criticks say,
You're much too young, to write so good a play?
Be this the answer to their babling tongue,
Antients themselves, we know, were once, as young;
That Pindar, Homer, Sappho, and the rest,
In earliest youth, gave strong and sterling test,
Of judgment, reason, fancy, wit combin'd,
At once to please, and cultivate the mind;
Nor less did Virgil, Horace, and the bard,
(Of am'rous* wit) receive their just reward,
For what their muse in early numbers wove,
To deck their heroes, or the charms of love.
To these our Shakespeare add, sweet Fancy's child,
Who sung in youth, his varied wood-notes wild.
On then, my friend, secure of public fame,
'Spite of the shafts such churlish criticks aim.