My Cat Jeoffrey

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My Cat Jeoffrey by  Christopher Smart

For I will consider my cat Jeoffrey,
For he is the servant of the Living God,
duly serving him.
For at the first glance of the glory of God
in the East he worships in his way.
For this is done by wreathing his body
seven times round with elegant quickness.
For then he leaps up to catch to musk
which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
For he rolls upon the prank to work it in.
For having done duty and received blessing
he begins to consider himself.
For this he performs in ten degrees
For first he looks upon his fore-paws to see
if they are clean.
For secondly he kicks up behind to clear away there.
For thirdly he works it upon stretch
with the fore-paws extended.
For fourthly he sharpens his paws by wood.
For fifthly he washes himself.
For sixthly he rolls upon wash.
For seventhly he fleas himself,
that he may not be interrupted upon the beat.
For eighthly he rubs himself agianst a post.
For ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For tenthly he goes in quest for food.
For having considered God and himself
he will consider his neighbour.
For if he meets another cat
he will kiss her in kindness.
For when he takes his prey
He plays with it to give it chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For when his day's work is done
his business more properly begins.
For he keeps the Lord's watch in the night
against the adversary.
For he counteract the Devil, who is death,
by brisking about the life.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun
and the sun loves him.
For he is of the tribe of Tiger.
For the Cherub Cat is a term of the Angel Tiger.
For he has subtlety and hissing of a serpent,
which in goodness he suppresses.
For he will not do destruction if he is well-fed.
neither will he spit without provocation.
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 incompleat without him
and a blessing is lacking in the spirit.


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