Apr 4, 2008

In Taberna: Bibit Eva Atque Amici

In taberna quando sumus,
non curamus quid sit humus, 
sed ad ludum properamus, 
cui semper insudamus. 
quid agatur in taberna 
ubi nummus est pincerna, 
hoc est opus ut quaeratur; 
si quid loquar, audiatur. 
Quidam ludunt, 
quidam bibunt, 
quidam indiscrete vivunt. 
sed in ludo qui morantur, 
ex his quidam denudantur, 
quidam ibi vestiuntur, 
quidam saccis induuntur; 
ibi nullus timet mortem, 
sed pro Baccho mittunt sortem.
Primo pro nummata vini; 
ex hac bibunt libertini; 
semel bibunt pro captivis, 
post haec bibunt ter pro vivis, 
quater pro Christianis cunctis, 
quinquies pro fidelibus defunctis, 
sexies pro sororibus vanis, 
septies pro militibus silvanis. 
octies pro fratribus perversis, 
nonies pro monachis dispersis, 
decies pro navigantibus, 
undecies pro discordantibus, 
duodecies pro paenitentibus, 
tredecies pro iter agentibus.
Tam pro papa quam pro rege 
bibunt omnes sine lege. 
Bibit hera, bibit herus, 
bibit miles, bibit clerus, 
bibit ille, bibit illa, 
bibit servus cum ancilla, 
bibit velox, bibit piger, 
bibit albus, bibit niger, 
bibit constans, bibit vagus, 
bibit rudis, bibit magus, 
Bibit pauper et aegrotus, 
bibit exul et ignotus, 
bibit puer, bibit canus, 
bibit praesul et decanus, 
bibit soror, bibit frater, 
bibit anus, bibit mater, 
bibit ista, bibit ille, 
bibunt centum, bibunt mille.   
Parum sescentae nummatae 
durant cum immoderate 
bibunt omnes sine meta, 
quamvis bibant mente laeta; 
sic nos rodunt omnes gentes, 
et sic erimus egentes. 
qui nos rodunt confundantur 
et cum iustis non scribantur.  
English Translation:  
When we are in the tavern,
we do not think how we will go to dust,
but we hurry to gamble,
which always makes us sweat.
What happens in the tavern,
where money is host,
you may well ask,
and hear what I say.   
Some gamble, some drink,
some behave loosely.
But of those who gamble,
some are stripped bare,
some win their clothes here,
some are dressed in sacks.
Here no-one fears death,
but they throw the dice 
in the name of Bacchus. 
First of all it is to the wine-merchant
the the libertines drink,
one for the prisoners,
three for the living,
four for all Christians,
five for the faithful dead,
six for the loose sisters,
seven for the footpads in the wood, 
Eight for the errant brethren,
nine for the dispersed monks,
ten for the seamen,
eleven for the squabblers,
twelve for the penitent,
thirteen for the wayfarers.
To the Pope as to the king
they all drink without restraint. 
The mistress drinks, the master drinks,
the soldier drinks, the priest drinks,
the man drinks, the woman drinks,
the servant drinks with the maid,
the swift man drinks, the lazy man drinks,
the white man drinks, the black man drinks,
the settled man drinks, the wanderer drinks,
the stupid man drinks, the wise man drinks. 
The poor man drinks, the sick man drinks,
the exile drinks, and the stranger,
the boy drinks, the old man drinks,
the bishop drinks, and the deacon,
the sister drinks, the brother drinks,
the old lady drinks, the mother drinks,
this man drinks, that man drinks,
a hundred drink, a thousand drink. 
Six hundred pennies would hardly suffice, 
if everyone drinks immoderately and immeasurably.
However much they cheerfully drink 
we are the ones whom everyone scolds,
and thus we are destitute.
May those who slander us be cursed
and may their names not be written 
in the book of the righteous.
Carl Orff once again provided inspiration to me. This time, I sent out an invitation to my friends in the Court of Loch Avie and the Academy of Arms as well as a few others, and we went on a pub crawl, which I happily captured and set to the music.

My Thanks go to:

Hotspur O'Toole
Exrex Somme
Gabrielle Riel
Roberto Viking
ZenMondo Wormser
Miss Aeon (so nice to have met you)
Iason Hassanov
Subghoul Epsilon
June Wozniak
Diamanda Gustafson
Edwina Heron
Jameson Despres
Rudolfo Woodget
Eugenia Burton

Filmed on location at the Loch Avie Public House, The Blarney Stone, The Raven, The Bashful Peacock, and The Loft.