1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

A Templar, "To George Colman, Esq." Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (25 March 1773).



In all this dearth of comic wit,
Where few, alas! the mark can hit,
And carry off the prize:
Say, Colman, why art thou so dumb?
Why dost thou walk about so glumb,
And with such haggard eyes?

I'll tell you, Sir — 'tis envious spleen,
Which rankly mining all within,
Makes him with venom burst;
Though ev'ry night his house be cram'd,
If comic authors be not damn'd,
He thinks he's surely curst!