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(11 April 1722 – 21 May 1771 / Kent, England)

Christopher Smart
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Christopher Smart, also known as "Kit Smart", "Kitty Smart", and "Jack Smart", was an English poet. He was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to influential cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. Smart, a high church Anglican, was widely known throughout London.

Smart was infamous as the pseudonymous midwife "Mrs. Mary Midnight" and widespread accounts of his father-in-law, John Newbery, locking him away in a mental asylum for many years over Smart's supposed religious "mania". Even after Smart's eventual release, a negative ... more »

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  • Glorious the northern lights astream;
    Glorious the song, when God's the theme
    Glorious the thunder's roar:
    Glorious hosanna from the den;
    Glorious the catholic amen;
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. A Song to David. . . Oxford Anthology of English Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Frank Kermode and John ...
  • ''Now's the time for mirth and play,
    Saturday's an holiday;
    Praise to heaven unceasing yield,
    I've found a lark's nest in the field.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Hymns for the Amusement of Children. . . Oxford Book of Children's Verse, The. Iona Opie and Peter Op...
  • ''For in his morning orison she loves the sun and the sun loves him.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Jubilate Agno. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
  • ''For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
    For he knows that God is his Saviour.
    For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.''
    Christopher Smart (1722-1771), British poet. Jubilate Agno. . . Norton Anthology of Poetry, The. Alexander W. Allison and others, eds. (3d ed., 19...
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