1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

J. O—y, "To George Colman, Esq." Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement 41 (9 September 1778) 254.



When once we weary are of life,
And pen'ry stares us in the face,
We end our days by rope or knife,
And thus (mad deed!) defy disgrace.

But surely, Sir, while thus you write,
While genius, nature, are your guide,
Fortune 'gainst you can have no spite,
Nor need you think of suicide.*

* The last Comedy written by Mr. Colman.