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    "In Taberna Quando Sumus" Lyrics

    Carl Orff

    In taberna quando sumus When we are in tavern
    non curamus quid sit humus, we do not think how we will go to dust
    sed ad ludum properamus, but we hurry to gamble
    cui semper insudamus. which always makes us sweat
    Quid agatur in taberna what happens in the tavern
    ubi nummus est pincerna, where money is lost
    hoc est opus ut queratur, you may well ask
    si quid loquar, audiatur. and hear what I say

    Quidam ludunt, quidam bibunt, some gamble, some drink
    quidam indiscrete vivunt. some behave loosely
    Sed in ludo qui morantur, but of those who gamble

    ex his quidam denudantur some are stripped bare
    quidam ibi vestiuntur, some win their clothes
    quidam saccis induuntur. some are dressed in sacks
    Ibi nullus timet mortem here no-one fears death
    sed pro Baccho mittunt sortem: but they throw the dice
    in the name of Bacchus
    Primo pro nummata vini, first of all it is to the wine-merchant
    ex hac bibunt libertini; for the libertines drink
    semel bibunt pro captivis, one for the prisoners
    post hec bibunt ter pro vivis, three for the living
    quater pro Christianis cunctis, four all Christians
    quinquies pro fidelibus defunctis, five for the faithful dead
    sexies pro sororibus vanis, six for the loose sisters
    septies pro militibus silvanis. seven for the footpads in the wood
    Octies pro fratribus perversis, eight for the errant
    nonies pro monachis dispersis, nine for the dispersed monks
    decies pro navigantibus ten for the seamen
    undecies pro discordaniibus eleven for the squabblers

    duodecies pro penitentibus, twelve for the penitent
    tredecies pro iter agentibus. thirteen for the wayfares

    Tam pro papa quam pro rege to the Pope as to the king
    bibunt omnes sine lege. they all drink without restrain
    Bibit hera, bibit herus, the mistress drinks, the master drinks
    bibit miles, bibit clerus, the soldier drinks, the priest drinks
    bibit ille, bibit illa, the man drinks, the woman drinks
    bibit'servis cum ancilla, the servant drinks with the maid
    bibit velox, bibit piger, the swift man drinks, the lazy man drinks
    bibit albus, bibit niger, the white man drinks, the black man drinks
    bibit constans, bibit vagus, the settled man drinks, the wanderer drinks
    bibit rudis, bibit magnus. the stupid man drinks, the wise man drinks
    Bibit pauper et egrotus, the poor man drinks, the sick man drinks
    bibit exul et ignotus, the exile drinks,and the stranger
    bibit puer, bibit canus, the boy drinks, the old man drinks
    bibit presul et decanus, the bishop drinks, and the deacon
    bibit soror, bibit frater, the sister drinks, the brother drinks

    bibit anus, bibit mater, the old lady drinks, the mother drinks
    bibit ista, bibit ille, this lady drinks, that man drinks
    bibunt centum, bibunt mille. a hundred drink, a thousand drink

    Parum sexcente nummate six hundred pennies would hardly
    durant, cum immoderate suffice, if everyone
    bibunt omnes sine meta. drinks immoderately and immeasurably
    Quamvis bibant mente leta, however much they cheerfully drink
    sic nos rodunt omnes gentes we are the ones whom everyone scolds
    et sic erimus egentes. and thus we are destitude
    Qui nos rodunt confundantur may those who slander us be cursed
    et cum iustis non scribantur. and may their names not be written
    in the book of the righteous
    This song was last modified on April 15th, 2009.
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