Treasury of Minor British Poetry. O Servant of God's holiest charge, The minister of praise at large, Which thou may'st now receive; From thy blest mansion hail and hear, From topmost eminence appear To this the wreath I weave. Mania and Literary Style: The Rhetoric of Enthusiasm from the Ranters to Christopher Smart. And lizards feed the moss; For Adoration beasts embark, While waves upholding halcyons ark No longer roar and toss. With vinous syrup cedars spout; From rocks pure honey gushing out, For Adoration springs: All scenes of painting crowd the map Of nature; to the mermaids pap The scalèd infant clings. The Biblical plays an important role in this poem just like he played an important role in Jubilate Agno However, David in Jubilate Agno is an image of the creative power of poetry whereas he becomes a fully realized model of the religious poet.
Of God and Lovethe Saint elect For infinite applause To rule the land, and briny broad, To be laborious in His laud, And heroes in His cause. Beauteous the moon full on the lawn;And beauteous, when the veil's withdrawn,The virgin to her spouse:Beauteous the temple deck'd and fill'd,When to the heav'n of heav'ns they buildTheir heart-directed vows. Sweet is the dew that falls betimes, And drops upon the leafy limes; Sweet Hermon's fragrant air: Sweet is the lily's silver bell, And sweet the wakeful tapers' smell That watch for early prayer. Glorious the sun in mid career; Glorious th' fires appear; Glorious the comet's train: Glorious the and alarm; Glorious the Almighty's stretched-out arm; Glorious th' main: Glorious the lights astream; Glorious the song, when God 's the theme; Glorious the thunder's roar: Glorious from the den; Glorious the Amen; Glorious the martyr's gore: Glorious—more glorious—is the Of Him that salvation down, By call'd thy Son: Thou that truth believed;— And now the deed 's achieved, Determined, dared, and done! Beauteous the fleet before the gale; Beauteous the multitudes in mail, Ranked arms, and crested heads; Beauteous the gardens umbrage mild Walk, water, meditated wild, And all the bloomy beds. More precious that diviner part Of David, ev'n the Lord's own heart, Great, beautiful, and new: In all things where it was intent, In all extreams, in each event, Proof---answ'ring true to true.
Sweet is the dew that falls betimes, And drops upon the leafy limes; Sweet, Hermons fragrant air: Sweet is the lilys silver bell, And sweet the wakeful tapers smell That watch for early prayer. The worldthe clustering spheres He made, The glorious light, the soothing shade, Dale, champaign, grove, and hill; The multitudinous abyss, Where Secrecy remains in bliss, And Wisdom hides her skill. The world---the clustring spheres he made, The glorious light, the soothing shade, Dale, champaign, grove, and hill; The multitudinous abyss, Where secrecy remains in bliss, And wisdom hides her skill. Strong is the horse upon his speed; Strong in pursuit the rapid glede, Which makes at once his game: Strong the tall ostrich on the ground; Strong through the turbulent profound Shoots Xiphias to his aim. Such is thy science, whence reward And infinite degree; O strength, O sweetness, lasting ripe! Christopher Smart: Scholar of the University.
Sweet the young nurse, with love intense, Which smiles oer sleeping innocence; Sweet when the lost arrive: Sweet the musicians ardour beats, While his vague minds in quest of sweets The choicest flowers to hive. Strong is the horse upon his speed; Strong in pursuit the rapid glede, Which makes at once his game: Strong the tall ostrich on the ground; Strong thro' the tubulent profound Shoots 4 to his aim. Later, A Song to David was not included in a collection of Christopher Smart's works by either Christopher Hunter, his nephew, or Elizabeth LeNoir, his daughter. X Sublime—invention ever young, Of vast conception, tow'ring tongue, To God th'eternal theme; Notes from yon exaltations caught, Unrival'd royalty of thought, O'er meaner strains supreme. Of God and Love—the Saint elect For infinite applause— To rule the land, and briny broad, To be laborious in His laud, And heroes in His cause.
Sweeter in all the strains of love, The language of thy turtle dove, Pair'd to thy swelling chord; Sweeter with ev'ry grace endu'd, The glory of thy gratitude, Respir'd unto the Lord. But as for prayer, or e're it faints, Far better is the breath of saints Than galbanum and myrrh. The last, the Greek omega, represents a lyre and David as a poet. The pheasant shows his pompous neck; And ermine, jealous of a speck, With fear eludes offence: The sable, with his glossy pride, For Adoration is described, Where frosts the waves condense. Cleanif perpetual prayer be pure, And love, which could itself inure To fasting and to fear Clean in his gestures, hands, and feet, To smite the lyre, the dance complete, To play the sword and spear. Of man---the semblance and effect Of God and Love---the Saint elect For infinite applause--- To rule the land, and briny broad, To be laborious in his laud, And heroes in his cause.
He sang of Godthe mighty source Of all thingsthe stupendous force On which all strength depends; From Whose right arm, beneath Whose eyes, All period, power, and enterprise Commences, reigns, and ends. This relation will disprove, it is hoped, the concept of the isolatedness and uniqueness of the Song; it will be seen to be a culmination rather than a literary curiosity. For Adoration, David's Psalms Lift up the heart to deeds of alms; And he, who kneels and chants, Prevails his passions to control, Finds meat and medicine to the soul, Which for translation pants. Smart is best known for A Song to David 1763 , which praises the author of the Psalms as an archetype of the Divine poet. Startling alterations of tone and juxtaposition of material as well as a careful attention to the quotidian energize Jubilate Agno.
Emulation Lodge of Improvement London, England 1991. Precious the bounteous widow's mite; And precious, for extream delight, The 5 from the churl: Precious the ruby's blushing blaze, And 6 blest imperial rays, And pure cerulean pearl. But stronger still in earth and air, And in the sea, the man of prayer, And far beneath the tide: And in the seat to faith assigned, Where ask is have, where seek is find, Where knock is open wide. Thou art---to give and to confirm, For each his talent and his term; All flesh thy bounties share: Thou shalt not call thy brother fool; The porches of the Christian school Are meekness, peace, and pray'r. If so, it's likely that the Song was created long before it was published.
Smart's work has captured the attention of contemporary artists such as Benjamin Britten, , and. Distribute; pay the Lord His tithe, And make the widows heart-strings blithe; Resort with those that weep: As you from all and each expect, For all and each thy love direct, And render as you reap. Great---from the lustre of his crown, From Samuel's horn and God's renown, Which is the people's voice; For all the host, from rear to van, Applauded and embrac'd the man--- The man of God's own choice. Serene---to sow the seeds of peace, Rememb'ring, when he watch'd the fleece, How sweet;y Kidron purl'd--- To further knowledge, silence vice, And plant perpetual paradise When God had calm'd the world. Sweet the young nurse, with love intense, Which smiles o'er sleeping innocence; Sweet, when the lost arrive: Sweet the musician's ardour beats, While his vague mind's in quest of sweets, The choicest flowers to hive. Controul thine eye, salute success, Hounour the wiser, happier bless, And for thy neighbour feel; Grutch not of mammon and his leaven, Work emulation up to heaven By knowledge and by zeal.