The Motor Bus

I was talking with a former priest on the weekend.  He is the only person that I know personally who studied Latin — which reminded me of The Motor Bus.  W.F. Langford was a former high school teacher of mine, and he published what I consider the best poetry anthology ever, The Grass of Parnasus which, as it turns out contains The Motor Bus, by A.D. Godley:

What is this that roareth thus?

Can it be a Motor Bus?

Yes, the smell and hideous hum

Indicat Motorem Bum!

Implet in the Corn and High

Terror me Motoris Bi;

Bo Motori clamitabo

Ne Motore caedar a Bo—

Dative be or Ablative

So thou only let us live—

Whither shall they victims flee?

Spare us, spare us, Motor Be!

Thus I sang, and still anigh

Came in hordes Motores Bi,

Et complebat omne forum

Copia Motorum Borum.

How shall wretches live like us

Cincti Bis Motoribus?

Domine, defende nos

Contra hos Motores Bos!

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