ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Kenrick, "On reading Mr. Smart's Song to David" Public Advertiser (25 May 1763).
1740: Alexander Pope
1747: Thomas Gray
1759: A. M.
1759: William Woty
1761: Gentle Susan
1763: William Kenrick
1763: Samuel Boyce
1763: Rev. William Mason
1768: Frances Burney
1775: Samuel Johnson
1782 ca.: William Cole
1792: Charles Burney
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800 ca.: Thomas Dermody
1800: Thomas Dermody
1803: George Dyer
1804: Joseph Dennie
1807: Robert Southey
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Robert Southey
1843: John Holland
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1889: Edmund Gosse
1759: Rev. William Hawkins of Oxford
1763: Christopher Smart
1765: Richard Cumberland
1765: Samuel Johnson
1765: George Lyttelton
1768: Oliver Goldsmith
Sweeter than Hautboy, Pipe, or Flute,
The Lyre, that hath so long been mute,
Salutes mine Ears again:
Hark! how its Notes to Heaven aspire,
And catch from the celestial Choir
The animating Strain.
'Tis SMART — how nervous, bold and strong!
How great! how beautiful! the Song
He tunes to David's Praise!
While, silent, from his native Sphere,
Each listening Angel bends to hear,
In Rapture and Amaze.
And he, if Praise his sole Employ,
His swelling Heart hath Room for Joy,
E'en David's Soul is glad:—
Yet this the Man insane they call,
Of whom they cry, as once of PAUL,
"Much Learning makes him mad."
Oh! could but I, whose sober Phlegm
Marrs the cold philosophic Theme,
Catch but one Spark divine;
Some Portion of thy brighter Fire!—
Oh! that thy Muse could mine inspire
With Frenzy such as thine!