1722-1771
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April 11, 1722, Shipburn, Kent, England.

May 21, 1771, King’s Bench prison, London, England.

Mary Midnight.

Smart was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge (BA 1747), where he won the Seatonian prize for five years (four years in succession). He moved to London in 1753, and gave some attention to literature, but neglecting both his finances and his health, he became poor and insane, and ended up in debtor’s prison.

Smart was a major contributor to two popular magazines and a friend to cultural icons like Samuel Johnson and Henry Fielding. A high church Anglican, he was widely known throughout London. His Poems were published in two volumes in 1771. His other works include:

  1. Awake, Arise, Lift Up Your Voice
  2. Celestial King, Our Spirits Lie
  3. Father of Light, Conduct My Feet
  4. Folly Builds High upon the Sand
  5. He Shall the Broken Heart Repair
  6. Hearken to the Anthem Glorious
  7. I Sing of God, the World He Made
  8. Let Men of High Conceit and Zeal
  9. Now's the Time for Mirth and Play
  10. O Most Mighty, O Most Holy
  11. O Queen of Virtues, Whose Sweet Pow’r
  12. To God, with the Lamb and the Dove
  13. We Sing of God, the Mighty Source
  14. Welcome, Blessèd, Heavenly Stranger
  15. Where Is This Stupendous Stranger?
  16. Where shall I Then Thy Spirit Shun?

Smart’s burial place