Steam Tram Lines


You gentlemen of Edgbastonº
Who loll in broughams¹ at ease
You'd better on this tram question [Note 418.1]
Mind your Qs and Ps

You've set your face against steam trams
Upon the West End route [Note 418.2]
But proved by this you're nothing but
A lot of selfish brutes

The greatest good unto the great
Est number must be done
And in my case, I'm glad to say,
That number's number one

What's it to me if you object
To live in steam and smoke
Why we must ride though Edgbaston
Though you may have to choke [Note 418.3]

What if your flowers and plans decay
To your disgust intense
Pooh! What are these when placed beside
Our great convenience

And if they will to property
Its value soon abate
Be thankful you have property
It can appreciate

The sulphur too you rave about
Which in your rooms they pour
It's not a grain¹ a minute each
He says it can't be - Moore

And it the bell will jangling go
From morn till eventide
Put up with it -we don't object
Who off the route reside.

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