1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

Anonymous, "To George Colman, Esq. on the Success of Dr. Goldsmith's new Comedy" St. James's Chronicle (23 March 1773).



Come, Coley, doff those mourning Weeds,
Nor thus with Jokes be slamm'd;
Tho' Goldsmith's present Play succeeds,
His next may still be damn'd.

As this has scap'd without a Fall,
To sink his next prepare;
New Actors hire from Wapping-Wall,
And Dresses from Rag-Fair.

For Scenes, let tatter'd Blankets fly;
The Prologue Kelly write;
Then swear again the Piece must die
Before the Author's Night.

Should these Tricks fail, the lucky Elf
To bring to lasting Shame;
E'en write the best you can yourself,
And print it in his Name.