How, for instance, had I never heard of Christopher Smart? Smart was an where he wrote one of his more enduring works, Jubilate Agno. Christopher Smart, “on his cat Jeoffrey” from Jubilate Agno (), lns. For I will consider my Cat Jeoffrey For he is the servant of the Living God duly. On Christopher Smart’s “Jubilate Agno, Fragment B”. by Meghan O’Rourke. I always think of the “tesseract” in A Wrinkle in Time when I consider the power of a .

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The cantata was commissioned by the Rev’d Canon Walter Hussey for the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the consecration of St Matthew’s Church, Northampton.

For then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer. Using Williamson’s combining of the two halves as a model, Guest claims that the “For” verses explore religion with a “personal tone” and the “Let” are “unambiguous” and deal with public matters. There is something fascinating about a religious vision located, figuratively, in an animal mind — an animal whose interiority is utterly unavailable to us.

Christopher Smart, “on his cat Jeoffrey,” from Jubilate Agno

In Jeoffry’s unselfconscious behaviors, Smart discerns an ongoing testimony to God’s power. For he can swim for life.

For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature. For sixthly he rolls upon wash. Let Shallum with the Frog bless God for the meadows of Canaan, the fleece, the milk and the honey Let Hilkiah praise with the Weasel, which sneaks for his prey in craft, and dwelleth at ambush Let Job bless with the Worm – the life of the Lord is in Humiliation, the Spirit also and the truth.


Those in the series beginning with the word “Let,” associated names of human beings, mainly biblical, with various natural objects; and those beginning with the word “For” are a series of aphoristic verses.

Starting at midday, I’m hoping that this three-hour epic is going to be one of the highlights of the literary-radio year.

For ninthly he looks up for his instructions. For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant quickness.

For when he takes his prey he plays jibilate it to give it chance. For the Clarinet rhimes are clean seen and the like.

Webarchive template wayback links. The language is full of puns, archaisms, coinages, and unfamiliar usages. For he can tread to all the measures upon the music. For having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbor. Smart’s plan was to arrange the Let and For passages opposite one another antiphonally, following a practice of biblical Hebrew poetry, and that christopger present MS.

For I will consider Jubilate Agno

For first he looks upon his forepaws to see if they are clean. The poem was iubilate published inunder the title Rejoice in the Lamb: For the trumpet rhimes are sound bound, soar more and the like. For many of the pairs there is a logical or symbolic consistency.

Interested in this world — the material, the everyday, his cat — his own smarf lead him on a journey of spiritual discovery. The poem—a litany about the poet’s cat—is really a fragment from a larger work, Smart’s Jubilate Agno. For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.


Christopher Smart () Jubilate Agno (excerpt)

One of my favourite theories for which I have found no corroborating evidence outside the poem so far, but which is so neat and stated here with such authority that I just want to believe it is that the content of the poem was heavily influenced by the fact that during his internment Smart had only six books: For he camels his back to bear the first notion junilate business.

In Christophet AgnoSmart describes his writing as creating “impressions”. For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying. For there is the thunder-stop, which is the voice of God direct.

For eighthly he rubs himself against a post. Not to mention, very strange. However, something more of the poem’s sinewy power, rich cadences and outlandish nature can be gained from odd phrases like the following extracted almost at random: For this he performs in ten degrees. It’s probably most famous now for the comical lines about the cat Jeoffreywho, we are told, “purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he’s a good cat” and who jubilat the Ichneumon-rat very pernicious by land”.

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