It is truly a "consummation devoutly to be wished" to see Xwords that refer to literature, the fine arts, and music. It seems in the last twenty years or so Xwords have foregone references to the classical arts in favor of pop culture. So be it. But I think there is room for both as this puzzle demonstrates.
On the arts side we have:"___conusummation devoutly to be wished": Hamlet1876 Twain heroIncedulous dying wordsWhen Ovid's "Ars Amatoria" is...published"Silent Spring" subj.Flaubert heroineCzech composer Josef
On the pop culture side we have:Barry who played Lt. Gerard...Notable show biz sisters"The Crying Game" actorWoodman's make-up
[from The Wizard of Oz
movie (or book)]
And we get references to the computer age:Hi-tech battlerSmall program with a browser interface
For good measure, there are some good ones:Longevity
TEA [as in the very British "spot of tea"]
Help: I don't know what is "Colonial" about paying debts INKIND.