1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman the Younger

David Carey, in "The Mansion of the Poets" Beauties of the Modern Poets (1820) xxiii.



Nor were the sallies of wit and humorous entertainment wanting in this consecrated retreat of genius. You might perceive pleasure in every countenance, and "laughter holding both his sides," whilst those comic followers of Euphrosyne, COLMAN and DIBDIN, indulged in the sportive effusions of their imaginations. Even the solemn faces of the judges were distended with "Broad Grins" to a most risible degree; and it was not until they had enjoyed the whole Budget of Wit, and laid aside their wigs and statutes, that they could decide on an appropriate reward. The candidates were at length distinguished by a wreath formed of the myrtle and the vine, and further rewarded with the power of killing care whenever that enemy of pleasure threatened to invade their happiness.