1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

Thaliater, "To George Colman, Esq. on seeing the second Performance of his new Comedy" Public Advertiser (5 February 1774).



Mind not what envious Critics write or say,
Thy Man of Business is a Patriot Play;
Answ'ring the first great Moral of the Stage,
To lash the reigning Follies of the Age—
Pity the Dunces, though extremely rude,
In Wit they're Bankrupts, but your Pen holds good.
London Coffee-house, Feb. 3.