1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Jackson Pratt

Anonymous, "On seeing the Raree-show of the Fair Circassian during the Holidays exhibited at Drury-Lane to an empty House of Journey-men, 'Prentices, Mantua-makers, and Abigals" St. James's Chronicle (12 January 1782).



The Play not puff'd, nor House with Orders cramm'd,
The Fair Circassian now is fairly damn'd.
—Poetical Bellman for the County of Tipperary, in the Kingdom of Ireland.

MR. DANGLE TO MR. SNEER.
To Pratt the Manager complains
Of great Expenses, trivial Gains,
From Drury's Fair Circassian:
Pratt puffs, and though in puffing skill'd,
No Plaudit's heard, no Seats are fill'd,
No People there of Fashion.

Tell me, friend Sneer, when first we saw
The borrow'd Plumage of this Daw,
And heard the dull Narration,
Did'st think that Bensley's pious Tones,
Farren's forc'd Phrase, and Hamet's Moans,
Could save it from Damnation.