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First Line: The song itself! Thus the bright-templed rhyme
Last Line: In this black ink his love shall still shine bright.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Publishing; Smart, Christopher (1722-1771); Publishers


On Receiving from the Clarendon Press the New Facsimile Edition of Christopher Smart's

"Song to David" 1763

THE Song itself! Thus the bright-templed rhyme
Before the secret-smiling author came;
Thus stood the page where thus he wrote his name
With instinct of his triumph over time!
It is a mantle fit for such a man,
And humble Fletcher* of St. Paul's Churchyard
Knew what perhaps none but a master can
And in his own gift understood the bard.

Now Oxford, Time's delight, with joy renews
Whate'er his press achieved of strength and grace
Meet for the symmetry of a great Muse,
And the old friend returns with an old face.
Thrice-happy Christopher's evangel light!
In this black ink his love shall still shine bright.





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