1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bonnell Thornton

Anonymous, "Upon Colman's Terence, and Mr. Thornton's intended Translation of Plautus" St. James's Chronicle (12 June 1766).



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.