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Ballade of an Omnibus
by
Amy Levy

Some men to carriages aspire;
On some the costly hansoms wait;
Some seek a fly, on job or hire;
Some mount the trotting steed, elate.
I envy not the rich and great,
A wandering minstrel, poor and free,
I am contented with my fate—
An omnibus suffices me.
 
In winter days of rain and mire
I find within a corner strait;
The 'busmen know me and my lyre
From Brompton to the Bull-and-Gate.
When summer comes, I mount in state
The topmost summit, whence I see
Crœsus look up, compassionate—
An omnibus suffices me.
 
I mark, untroubled by desire,
Lucullus’ phaeton and its freight.
The scene whereof I cannot tire,
The human tale of love and hate,
The city pageant, early and late
Unfolds itself, rolls by, to be
A pleasure deep and delicate.
An omnibus suffices me.
 
Princess, your splendour you require,
I, my simplicity; agree
Neither to rate lower nor higher.
An omnibus suffices me.


This poem is in the public domain.

 

Amy Levy (1861 – 1889) was born in London and lived in her family home there for most of her life. She began writing in her early teens and published a number of essays, articles, and short stories. Ultimately, she published three collections of poetry and three novels. An avowed feminist, she suffered from severe depression from an early age and, tragically, committed suicide shortly before her 28th birthday.

 



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