London Types: Bus Driver

He's called The General from the brazen craft
And dash with which he sneaks a bit of road
And all its fares; challenged, or chafed, or chaffed,
Back-answers of the newest he'll explode;
He reins his horses with an air; he treats
With scoffing calm whatever powers there be;
He gets it straight, puts a bit on, and meets
His losses with both lip and £ s. d.;
He arrogates a special taste in short;
Is loftily grateful for a flagrant smoke;
At all the smarter housemaids winks his court,
And taps them for half-crowns; being stoney-broke,
Lives lustily; is ever on the make;
And hath, I fear, none other gods but Fake.

by William Ernest Henley.

The Story Of Phœbus And Daphne, Applied

Thyrsis, a youth of the inspired train,
Fair Sacharissa lov'd, but lov'd in vain;
Like Phœbus sung the no less amorous boy;
Like Daphne she, as lovely, and as coy;
With numbers he the flying nymph pursues,
With numbers such as Phœbus' self might use;
Such is the chase when Love and Fancy leads,
O'er craggy mountains, and through flow'ry meads;
Invok'd to testify the lover's care,
Or form some image of his cruel fair:
Urg'd with his fury, like a wounded deer,
O'er these he fled; and now approaching near,
Had reach'd the nymph with his harmonious lay,
Whom all his charms could not incline to stay.
Yet what he sung in his immortal strain,
Though unsuccessful, was not sung in vain;
All but the nymph that should redress his wrong,
Attend his passion, and approve his song.
Like Phœbus thus, acquiring unsought praise,
He catch'd at love, and fill'd his arm with bays.

by Edmund Waller.

Phøbus Borealis

Vil du, man skal lytte til din Stemme,
Vil du Dana dig skal være huld,
Vil du, man skal over Sangen glemme
Prosalivets det gemene Muld -

Vil du strække Troldene, som føite
Rundt omkring mit nordiske Parnas,
Maae Diskanten af dit Hiertes Fløite
Klinge til dit Hoveds strænge Bas!

Maa Fa-dur i revsende Satire
Dæmpes lidt af Kiærligheds Be-mol!
Altsaa bød, med Klangen af sin Lire,
Hvis Fa-Be jeg mærkte mig, Apoll.

Derfor, efter lidt at have grundet
Paa den reene Samklangs Abece,
Har jeg mig bogstaveligen bundet
Til de tvende Toner: F og B.

Hulde Toner! Eder alt jeg skylder
I mit Digterlivs den ny Musik;
Men, ei blot, som Toner, jeg jer hylder,
Og, som Tegn, fortryller I mit Blik.

Rimbogstaver, som vor gamle Moder
Fromt og Barnligt pyntede sig med,
Fløite-Bielder, Fromme Barnenoder!

Bort med Asmaniens andre Moder -
Eders Pryd, Fortidens Brystklenodier!
Skal Fremtidens Barm end bramme med.

by Jens Baggesen.

The Federal Bus Conductor And The Old Lady

Now 'urry, Mrs New South Wales, and come along of us,
We're all a-goin' ridin' in the Federation 'bus.
A fam'ly party, don't you know -- yes, Queenslans's comin', too,
You can't afford it! Go along! We've kep' box seat for you.
The very one of all the lot that can afford it best,
You'll only have to pay your share the same as all the rest.
You say your sons is workin' men, and can't afford to ride!
Well, all our sons is workin' men, a-smokin' up outside.
You think you might be drove to smash by some unskilful bloke!
Well, ain't we all got necks ourselves? And we don't want 'em broke.
You bet your lofe we're not such fools but what we'll do our best
To keep from harm -- for harm to one is harm to all the rest.

Now, don't go trudgin' on alone, but get aboard the trap;
That basket, labelled "Capital", you take it in your lap!
It's nearly time we made a start, so let's 'ave no more talk:
You 'urry up and get aboard, or else stop out and walk.
We've got a flag; we've got a band; out 'orses travels fast;
Ho! Right away, Bill! Let 'em go! The old 'un's come at last!

by Banjo Paterson.