1782 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

William Cole, "Collectanea for Athenae Cantabrigienses" 1782 ca.; Restituta or ... English Literature Revived 3 (1815) 61.



Educated under Mr. Dongworth at Durham.

The Cambridge Chronicle May 25, 1771, says, "On Tuesday last died London Mr. Chr. Smart, M.A. a gentleman eminently distinguished in the literary world for his poetical abilities. His five Prize Poems on the attributes of the Supreme Being, which he wrote during his residence in the university, sufficiently testify his powers as a writer."

He was a little smart black-eyed man.

He made the following Epigram upon squinting John Wilkes:

His eyes are surely of the amorous kind,
For to each other they are still inclin'd.

The Pretty Bar-keeper was written by him, and printed under the name of Lun. Gent. Mag. 1782, p. 126.