1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

John Williams, in "Children of Thespis" Poems by Anthony Pasquin (1789) 2:147-48 &n.



He pilfers in cellars the food of his raillery,
And gives the coarse tune to the Gods of the Gallery;
Who, roaring, exhibit their hoarse approbation,
And shield the base bard from the stings of damnation....

GEORGE COLMAN, Esq. is nephew to the late EARL OF BATH: he was educated at Westminster School, and took the degree of Master of Arts at Christ's Church College, Oxford, 1758. He afterwards studied the law at Lincoln's Inn. In 1768 he became one of the joint patentees of Covent Garden Theatre, and continued in the management until 1775. In 1777 he became proprietor of the Haymarket Theatre. This gentleman is properly classed among the first dramatists of the day.