Books: A Prisoner Rescued

POEMS BY CHRISTOPHER SMART (326 pp.] —Edited, with an Introduction & Notes, by Robert Brittain—Princeton University ($4).

When Poet Robert Browning stumbled across a devotional poem entitled A Song to David, by one Christopher Smart (1722-1771), he was both awed and delighted. Poet Smart's Song was a haunting combination of the lyrical and the intellectual, clothed in words that threw fresh lights and colors upon many a common thing:

Where rain in clasping boughs inclos'd,

And -vines with oranges dispos'd,

Embow'r the social laugh . . .

The nectarine his strong tint imbibes,

And apples of ten thousand tribes,

And quick peculiar...

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