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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IX. Tragedy: Humor.  1904.
 
Humorous Poems: II. Miscellaneous
Tonis ad Resto Mare
Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
 
AIR: “O Mary, heave a sigh for me.”

O MARE æva si forme;
  Forme ure tonitru;
Iambicum as amandum,
  Olet Hymen promptu;
Mihi is vetas an ne se,        5
  As humano erebi;
Olet mecum marito te,
  Or eta beta pi.
 
Alas, plano more meretrix,
  Mi ardor vel uno;        10
Inferiam ure artis base,
  Tolerat me urebo.
Ah me ve ara silicet,
  Vi laudu vimin thus?
Hiatus as arandum sex—        15
  Illuc Ionicus.
 
Heu sed heu vix en imago,
  My missis mare sta;
O cantu redit in mihi
  Hibernas arida?        20
A veri vafer heri si,
  Mihi resolves indu:
Totius olet Hymen cum—
  Accepta tonitru.
 
 
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