ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Upon Colman's Terence, and Mr. Thornton's intended Translation of Plautus" St. James's Chronicle (12 June 1766).
1763: Samuel Johnson
1768: M. D.
1771: Rev. Thomas Warton
1835: Robert Southey
With Colman's Terence, Thornton's Plautus,
Adieu to all the Schools have taught us!
Good Cause we have, ye Connoisseurs,
To curse this dang'rous Work of yours;
For who would toil in Tongues unknown,
For what delights 'em in their own?
'Tis now the Mode to read and speak
But little Latin, and no Greek:
Of learned Tongues, in Prose and Verse,
Our Knowledge will be worse and worse:
What now is Mode, will grow a Passion,
When Wit becomes the Pimp of Fashion;
Nor can we hope for Reformation,
When Genius sanctifies Translation!
* These Gentlemen were engaged in a Periodical Paper together, called The Connoisseur.