Ray wrote:

<<But this side of the Pond, "smote" is only the preterite; the past
participle here is "smitten" and is not particularly rare.>>

In one of the classes I TA'd for a list of the rarest irregular verbs in
English.   I can't remember a lot of them, and when I find the handout,
I'll post some, but one I *do* remember is "beshit" (whose past tense
is formed with an "a").   Certainly that one won't be in the Bible and is
probably *much* rarer than "to smite", which is now, I'd argue, quite
frequently used for its humor value (i.e., it's archaic, and therefore

"sunly eleSkarez ygralleryf ydZZixelje je ox2mejze."
"No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn."

-Jim Morrison