1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

Anonymous, "On Mr. Colman's Comedy called The Man of Business" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (3 February 1774).



If Colman to wit is allow'd a pretence,
Henceforward let idiots be deem'd men of sense.
If his play proves a treat for the wits of the town,
Let none fear to write, since such stuff will go down.
Let each man turn author, not doubt of success,
For if Colman succeeds, sure there's none can do less.