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Christopher Smart

(11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771 / Kent, England)

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Christopher Smart, also known as "Kit Smart", "Kitty Smart", and "Jack Smart", was an English poet. He was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to influential cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. Smart, a high church Anglican, was widely known throughout London.

Smart was infamous as the pseudonymous midwife "Mrs. Mary Midnight" and widespread accounts of his father-in-law, John Newbery, locking him away in a mental asylum for many years over Smart's supposed religious "mania". Even after Smart's eventual release, a negative ... more »

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  • Glorious the northern lights astream;
    Glorious the song, when God's the theme
    Glorious the thunder's roar:
    Glorious hosanna from the den;
    Glorious the catholic amen;
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. A Song to David. . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John ...
  • ''Now's the time for mirth and play,
    Saturday's an holiday;
    Praise to heaven unceasing yield,
    I've found a lark's nest in the field.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Hymns for the Amusement of Children. . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Op...
  • ''For in his morning orison she loves the sun and the sun loves him.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Jubilate Agno. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
    For he knows that God is his Saviour.
    For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Jubilate Agno. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
    For the dexterity of his defense is an instance of the love of God
    to him exceedingly.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Jubilate Agno. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
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