1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Christopher Smart

Thomas Dermody, in "The Pursuit of Patronage" Poems Moral and Descriptive (1800) 55.



Hark! what wild numbers break, sublimely sweet,
The breathing stillness of this deep retreat,
What bursts delirious of reviving song,
Steal on each sense those gloomy cells among,
'Tis SMART! — anon the maniac minstrel raves,
Loud as the tempest, fiercer than the waves;
And now, attuning soft a gentler lay,
It's tones, — how musical they faint away.