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John O’Keefe: Amo, Amas

Amo, Amas, I love a lass
As a cedar tall and slender;
Sweet cowslip's grace is her nominative case,
And she's of the feminine gender.

Rorum, Corum, sunt divorum,
Harum, Scarum divo;
Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
Hic hoc horum genitivo.

Can I decline a Nymph divine?
Her voice as a flute is dulcis.
Her oculus bright, her manus white,
And soft, when I tacto, her pulse is.

Rorum, Corum, sunt divorum,
Harum, Scarum divo;
Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
Hic hoc horum genitivo.

Oh, how bella my puella,
I'll kiss secula seculorum.
If I've luck, sir, she's my uxor,
O dies benedictorum.

Rorum, Corum, sunt divorum,
Harum, Scarum divo;
Tag-rag, merry-derry, periwig and hat-band
Hic hoc horum genitivo.

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"Amo, Amas" by John O'Keefe. Public domain.

John O’Keeffe (1747 – 1833) was an Irish actor and dramatist. He wrote a number of farces, amusing dramatic pieces and librettos for pasticcio operas, many of which had great success. 

6 comments on “John O’Keefe: Amo, Amas

  1. louisehawes
    October 15, 2022

    As a former high school Latin student (who switched to French third year before Cicero), I laughed all through this. What a delight!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vox Populi
      October 15, 2022

      Thanks, Louise. I love the music of the verse, as well as the sense of humor.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. loranneke
    October 15, 2022

    such fun and so witty!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Barbara Huntington
    October 15, 2022

    Thank you. I needed that

    Like

    • Vox Populi
      October 15, 2022

      Thanks Barbara. I think we poets tend to take ourselves far too seriously. it’s good to be reminded that poetry can be fun.

      Liked by 2 people

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