The Feline Portions of Jubilate Agno, by Christopher Smart


C. Smart

Christopher Smart, Madman and Cat Fancier

Jubilate Agno (Latin, Rejoice in the Lamb“) is a religious “list” poem by Christopher Smart, and was written between 1759 and 1763, during Smart’s confinement for insanity in St. Luke’s Hospital, Bethnal Green, London. The poem was first published in 1939, under the title Rejoice in the Lamb: A Song from Bedlam, edited by W. F. Stead from Smart’s manuscript, which Stead had discovered in a private library.

Perhaps the most repeated and cited portions of of Jubilate Agno concern themselves with the unique affection Smart had for his cat Jeoffry, which I recorded here:

http://misternizz.podbean.com/mf/web/vxdtej/JubilateAgno-Fragment.mp3″

This is a crosspost from Airy Persiflage, the Audio Element of Third Point of Singularity. The original post is viewable HERE. Facebook Or IoS users can listen here if the audio widget doesn’t play in the link.

Portrait of Christopher Smart upon receiving a...

Portrait of Christopher Smart upon receiving a letter from Alexander Pope, pre-1750. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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