In honor of the feast day of Saint Thomas Aquinas, I thought I would just remind everyone that although he is perhaps most famous for producing the Summa Theologiae, he also contributed to the development of high literature by penning the first known poem in the limerick form:
Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio
Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio,
Caritatis et patientiae,
Humilitatis et obedientiae,
Let my viciousness be emptied,
Desire and lust banished,
Charity and patience,
Humility and obedience,
And all the virtues increased.
So he didn't have the humor thing going on, but still: "Inventor of the Limerick." Think he's patron of all limericists?
Well, in honor of the old Dumb Ox, I submit the following:
There once was a theologian so terrificOkay, okay, it doesn't quite scan, but it's the best I can do in ten minutes. (Also helps to know he died a while after smacking into a tree branch while riding. Probably too busy contemplating the next part of the Summa to look where he was going. Now that's irony for you.)
he Summa'd the Godhead's ev'ry specific
til a branch hit his head
leaving him dead
and his view of God quite beatific.
Think you can do better? Post your saint-related limerick in the midrash box. I'll post some of my arbitrarily chosen favorites on Monday or Tuesday, just before IC returns from her silent retreat.