An excerpt from Jubilate Agno (Christopher Smart 1722-1771), usually known by the first line of the poem, For I will consider my cat Jeoffry
For having consider’d God and himself he will consider his neighbour.
For if he meets another cat he will kiss her in kindness.
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 counteracts the powers of darkness by his electrical skin and glaring eyes.
For he counteracts the Devil, who is death, by brisking about the life.
For when he takes his prey he plays with it to give it a chance.
For one mouse in seven escapes by his dallying.
For in his morning orisons he loves the sun and the sun loves him.
Electrical skin and glaring eyes! Isn’t that great?