1767 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bonnell Thornton

Anonymous, "To Mr. Thornton, on his dedicating the Translation of Plautus, to his Friend Mr. Colman" St. James's Chronicle (31 January 1767).



Since you so happily can hit
The Plautine Humour and true Wit,
In elegant Translation:
Why not Original appear?
Away with ev'ry idle Fear,
And take your proper Station.

Be rous'd to a superior Fame,
And equal Rank undaunted claim,
In Comedy with Colman:
Away with ev'ry Fear, away—
Join with your Friend in Farce or Play,
Or be yourself the sole Man.

That both possess the Pow'r to please,
With Wit, and Elegance of Ease,
The Connoisseur has taught us:
Then, since in Colman we can view
Another Terence rise, in you
Let's have another Plautus.