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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

April 11th, 2002

On this day in 1722, English poet Christopher Smart (A Song to David, 1763) is born in Shipbourne, Kent.

Christopher Smart, b. April 11, 1722, d. 1771

Smart was a brilliant, mercurial, sweet-natured man who, as early as his late teens, showed tendencies toward madness and profligacy that eventually resulted in his being imprisoned for both. His poetry, highly regarded by the early Romantic poets, is a unique mix of lyrical passion and almost psychedelic imagination. A fervent Anglican, he wrote, while confined for madness, an entire new liturgy for the English church, Jubilate Agno, which was never adopted but perhaps ought to have been. Two-and-a-half centuries later, it glows with heartfelt belief and curious, loveable ideas.

Suggested Reading Poetry Poems on Several Occasions, 1752. Jubilate Agno, 1939. A Song to David, 1763. Hymns for the Amusement of Children, 1770. Translations The Works of Horace, Translated into Verse, 1756. Translations of the Psalms of David, 1765.

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