by John O'Keefe (1747 - 1833)

Amo Amas Amat
Language: English 
      Amo, amas,
      I love a lass

  As a cedar tall and slender!
      Sweet cowslips' 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 hatband,

     Hic hac, horum Genetivo!

      [Can]1 I decline
      A Nymph divine?

  Her voice as a flute is dulcis!
      Her oculi 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 hatband,

     Hic hac, horum Genetivo!

      O, how bella
      Is my Puella!

  I'll kiss sæculorum!
      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 hatband,

     Hic, hac, horum Genetivo!

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Researcher for this text: Graham Musto

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