Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jubilate Agno, Fragment B [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry] by Christopher Smart



Jubilate Agno, Fragment B [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry]

For he is the servant of the Living God, duly and daily serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God in the East he worships in
his way.
For is this done by wreathing his body seven times round with elegant
quickness.
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night against the adversary.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For he purrs in thankfulness when God tells him he's a good Cat.
For he is an instrument for the children to learn benevolence upon.
For every house is incomplete without him, and a blessing is lacking in
the spirit.
For he is the cleanest in the use of his forepaws of any quadruped.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For by stroking of him I have found out electricity.

--Christopher Smart

19 comments:

Catherine said...

Cats ~ always a perfect subject for poetry. Love it!
xo Catherine

Old Kitty said...

Yay! Cats discovered electricity! Of course they did! Yay! I love this poem!! :-)

Take care
x

Ann said...

love the poem and pretty cat.

Shelly said...

Good poetry is for the soul what a hot meal is for the hungry belly. Thank you for this today~

Brian said...

You might have guessed that I really liked that one!

Madi and Mom said...

Dear Ms. Bossy Betty
I want to personally thank you for this poem all about my ilk!! Not everyone appreciates us or bothers to learn our good qualities and our devotion. Hugs to your resident house Panthers from
Madi

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the last line!

Marg said...

Great poem, of course, it is about a cat. What could be better?? Take care.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Very cute. My cat doesn't usualy inspire much poetry.

jenny_o said...

I love this :)

Thank you!

Daisy said...

I love this, Betty.

"For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest" -- that was my favorite line. :)

Theresa Milstein said...

That looks a lot like my cat. It's a little eerie.

Betty Manousos said...

wow, what a cutie!

love the poem and this is a terrific shot as well.

wish you a great day!

xo

Dog said...

Cat?!? The cat? Seriously? Cats are merely self propelled chew toys....:)

Pat Tillett said...

Great poem! especially the last line.
What a cute looking kitty you have!

Tracy said...

oh, so lovely Betty...how can one argue with a cat? love them...

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for sharing Christopher's work Betty. I think it resonates with many of us.

CiCi said...

Only true cat lovers will want to share this with others. I will forward this to my daughter and some cat loving friends.

I like the mention of the electricity. My cat has plenty of that.

annie said...

Amen