1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

Samuel Boyce, "On reading Mr. Smart's Song to David" Public Advertiser (15 July 1763).



Oh, SMART! who in sublimest Lays,
Devoted sing'st the Psalmist's Praise,
As heav'n-rapt Angels breathe;
Relax thy Dignity of Mind,
And deign to wear, by Friendship twin'd,
Th' uncultivated Wreathe.

Still as I read, and still admire,
I glow with pure celestial Fire,
And Thoughts on Thoughts refine;
The Prophet's glorious Portrait find,
Extol the self-redeeming Mind,
See Godhead, Manhood join.

While thus th' enraptur'd Poet sings,
Through David to the KING of KINGS,
Let Slander's Voice be hush:
Is this Insanity, ye Wise?
Can Strains like these from Frenzy rise?
Ye rigid Censurers! blush.

Blest Bard! pursue the heav'nly Theme;
'Tis Incense to the GREAT SUPREME,
Ineffable! divine!
Till thou ascend th' eternal Choir,
In Unison with DAVID'S Lyre,
Where Cherub, Seraph, join.