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Broad Grins Comprising, With New Additional Tales in Verse, Those Formerly Publish'd Under the Title "My Night-Gown and Slippers."   By: (1762-1836)

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BROAD GRINS;

BY

GEORGE COLMAN,

THE YOUNGER;

COMPRISING, WITH NEW ADDITIONAL

TALES IN VERSE,

THOSE FORMERLY PUBLISH'D UNDER THE TITLE

"MY NIGHT GOWN AND SLIPPERS."

"DEME SUPERCILIO NUBEM."

THE EIGHTH EDITION.

LONDON: H. G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN. MDCCCXXXIX.

ADVERTISEMENT.

MY Booksellers inform'd me, lately, that several inquiries had been made for My Night Gown and Slippers , but that every copy had been sold; they had been out of print these two years. "Then publish them again," said I, boldly, (I print at my own risk) and with an air of triumph. Messrs. Cadell and Davies advise'd me to make additions. "The Work is, really, too short," said Messrs. Cadell and Davies, "I wish, gentlemen," return'd I, "my readers were of your opinion." "I protest, Sir," said they, (and they asserted it, both together, with great emphasis,) "you have but Three Tales ." I told them, carelessly, it was enough for the greatest Bashaw , among modern poets, and wish'd them a good morning. When a man, as Sterne observes, "can extricate himself with an equivoque , in such an unequal match," (and two booksellers to one poet are tremendous odds) "he is not ill off;" but reflecting a little, as I went home, I began to think my pun was a vile one, and did not assist me, one jot, in my argument; and, now I have put it upon paper, it appears viler still; it is execrable. So, without much further reasoning, I sat down to rhyming; rhyming, as the reader will see, in open defiance of all reason , except the reasons of Messrs. Cadell and Davies.

Thus you have My Night Gown and Slippers , with Additions , converted to Broad Grins ; and 'tis well if they may not end in Wide Yawns at last! Should this be the case, gentle Reviewers, do not, ungratefully, attempt to break my sleep, ( you will find it labour lost ) because I have contributed to your's.

GEORGE COLMAN, the Younger.

May, 1820.

CONTENTS

MY NIGHT GOWN AND SLIPPERS TOM, DICK, and WILL, were little known to Fame; THE WATER FIENDS. DICK ended: TOM and WILL approve'd his strains; THE NEWCASTLE APOTHECARY. Ere WILL had done 'twas waxing wond'rous late; LODGINGS FOR SINGLE GENTLEMEN. THE KNIGHT AND THE FRIAR. THE KNIGHT AND THE FRIAR, PART FIRST. SIR THOMAS ERPINGHAM's SONNET ON HIS LADY. THE KNIGHT AND THE FRIAR, PART THE SECOND. Ye Criticks, and ye Hyper Criticks! who THE ELDER BROTHER.

MY NIGHT GOWN AND SLIPPERS

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TOM, DICK, and WILL, were little known to Fame; No matter; But to the Ale house, oftentimes, they came, To chatter.

It was the custom of these three To sit up late; And, o'er the embers of the Ale house fire, When steadier customers retire, The choice Triumviri , d'ye see, Held a debate.

Held a debate? On politicks, no doubt. Not so; they care'd not who was in, No, not a pin; Nor who was out.

All their discourse on modern Poets ran; For in the Muses was their sole delight; They talk'd of such, and such, and such a man; Of those who could, and those who could not write.

It cost them very little pains To count the modern Poets, who had brains. 'Twas a small difficulty; 'twasn't any; They were so few: But to cast up the scores of men Who wield a stump they call a pen, Lord! they had much to do, They were so many!

Buoy'd on a sea of fancy, Genius rises, And like the rare Leviathan surprises; But the small fry of scribblers! tiny souls! They wriggle thro' the mud in shoals... Continue reading book >>




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