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Goodbye, cat; it was a privilege to have you part of my life 
13th-Jan-2009 08:14 pm

Nemo Monkey-510
September, 1990 — January 13, 2009

For my Cat Jeoffrey
by Christopher Smart

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 then he leaps up to catch the musk, which is the blessing of God upon his prayer.
For he rolls upon 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 against a post.
For Ninthly he looks up for his instructions.
For Tenthly he goes in quest of food.
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 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 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 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 the 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.
For the Lord commanded Moses concerning the cats at the departure of the Children of Israel from Egypt.
For every family had one cat at least in the bag.
For the English Cats are the best in Europe.
For he is the cleanest in the use of his fore-paws of any quadrupede.
For the dexterity of his defence is an instance of the love of God to him exceedingly.
For he is the quickest to his mark of any creature.
For he is tenacious of his point.
For he is a mixture of gravity and waggery.
For he knows that God is his Saviour.
For there is nothing sweeter than his peace when at rest.
For there is nothing brisker than his life when in motion.
For he is of the Lord’s poor and so indeed is he called by benevolence perpetually – Poor Jeoffry! poor Jeoffry! the rat has bit thy throat.
For I bless the name of the Lord Jesus that Jeoffry is better.
For the divine spirit comes about his body to sustain it in compleat cat.
For his tongue is exceeding pure so that it has in purity what it wants in musick.
For he is docile and can learn certain things.
For he can set up with gravity which is patience upon approbation.
For he can fetch and carry, which is patience in employment.
For he can jump over a stick which is patience upon proof positive.
For he can spraggle upon waggle at the word of command.
For he can jump from an eminence into his master’s bosom.
For he can catch the cork and toss it again.
For he is hated by the hypocrite and miser.
For the former is affraid of detection.
For the latter refuses the charge.
For he camels his back to bear the first notion of business.
For he is good to think on, if a man would express himself neatly,
For he made a great figure in Egypt for his signal services.
For he killed the Ichneumon-rat very pernicious by land.
For his ears are so acute that they sting again.
For from this proceeds the passing quickness of his attention.
For by stroaking of him I have found out electricity.
For I perceived God’s light about him both wax and fire.
For the Electrical fire is the spiritual substance, which God sends from heaven to sustain the bodies both of man and beast.
For God has blessed him in the variety of his movements.
For, though he cannot fly, he is an excellent clamberer.
For his motions upon the face of the earth are more than any other quadrupede.
For he can tread to all the measures upon the musick.
For he can swim for life.
For he can creep.
14th-Jan-2009 05:06 am (UTC)
i'm sorry ):
14th-Jan-2009 05:11 am (UTC)
((hugs)) and blessings and good thoughts
14th-Jan-2009 05:25 am (UTC)
*hughug* for all of you.

14th-Jan-2009 05:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
14th-Jan-2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Oh, damn.

Love goes to you both.
14th-Jan-2009 08:07 am (UTC)
What a shame, sorry for your loss. That's my favourite cat poem.
14th-Jan-2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Lexica and Pirate,

I'm very sorry to hear about Nemo's passing... =(

May he always be alive and a kitten in your hearts and memories.

14th-Jan-2009 10:35 am (UTC)
my heart goes out to you and monkey.

i dunno what else to say without making it about me and what i would do if i were in your shoes and it were one of my dogs sooooooo...


You guys seen this yet:

14th-Jan-2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
He was such a good boy, with such gentleness and dignity. Goodbye, Nemo.
14th-Jan-2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
He was such a good kitty! Goodbye, Nemo. All who knew you will miss you.
14th-Jan-2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Love you, Lexi & Pi.

I am so sorry for your loss.

Hugs from afar.
14th-Jan-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
So sorry!
14th-Jan-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. :o( *hugs* to you and Pirate.
14th-Jan-2009 08:59 pm (UTC) - If you need a cat
(...not that Nemo is a thing to just replace • but, maybe you want another kitty)

Let me know.

I know someone that has kittens | and/or shelter pets in some program.
I'll tell you more if you are interested.
14th-Jan-2009 08:59 pm (UTC) - Re: If you need a cat
Additionally, I am really sorry.

It sucks when friends go away.
15th-Jan-2009 04:18 am (UTC)
I have many fond memories of Nemo. I loved that bemused expression of his. I will be thinking of you with a full heart. *hugs*
15th-Jan-2009 10:55 pm (UTC) - Losing Nemo
My heart feels tender sadness and love in response to the grief of your loss. My heart feels tendrils of glad life affirmation from bearing witness to the love-filled existence you provide to those in your care.

Breathing with you,
16th-Jan-2009 03:56 am (UTC)
i missed this yesterday, i am so very sorry to read this.
16th-Jan-2009 04:25 am (UTC) - Alas, poor Nemo,
I knew him, Horatio; a feline of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy feast. Sub-kitty Nemo was a wonderful little pad-foot. I know you will miss him terribly. 18+ years is pretty good for a cat, but that doesn't help much at the moment, I'm sure. He was fortunate to have you, and you did well by him.
16th-Jan-2009 05:58 am (UTC)
I'm sorry friends.

Much love to you both.
16th-Jan-2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
16th-Jan-2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Love and hugs, Lex and Pirate. Big hugs.
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