A Collection of English Poems, 1660-1800

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CHRISTOPHER SMART

(1722-1743-1771)

A Song to David1

O THOU, that sit'st upon a throne,
With harp of high majestic tone,
To praise the King of kings;
And voice of heav'n-ascending swell,

Which, while its deeper notes excell, 5
Clear, as a clarion, rings:

To bless each valley, grove and coast,
And charm the cherubs to the post
Of gratitude in throngs;

To keep the days on Zion's mount, 10
And send the year to his account,
With dances and with songs:

O Servant of God's holiest charge,
The minister of praise at large,

Which thou may'st now receive; 15
From thy blest mansion hail and hear,
From topmost eminence appear
To this the wreath I weave.

Great, valiant, pious, good, and clean,

Sublime, contemplative, serene, 20
Strong, constant, pleasant, wise!
Bright effluence of exceeding grace;
Best man!--the swiftness and the race,
The peril, and the prize!

Great--from the lustre of his crown, 25
From Samuel's horn and God's renown,
Which is the people's voice;
For all the host, from rear to van,
Applauded and embrac'd the man--
The man of God's own choice. 30

Valiant--the word, and up he rose-- The fight--he triumph'd o'er the foes,
Whom God's just laws abhor;

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Published in 1763. Text of first edition.

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