Yet another carol for the questioning

Teresa at Making Light has a just wonderful answer to xmas carols:

In this season when Christmas carols so often turn up in irritating or inappropriate contexts, I find it cheers me to be able to piously sing this to the tune of “Good King Wenceslas”:

Meum est propositum in taberna mori
ubi vina proxima morientis ori.
Tunc cantabunt laetius angelorum chori:
Deus sit propitius isti potatori, isti potatori.

Poculis accenditur animi lucerna,
cor inbutum nectare volat ad superna.
Mihi sapit dulcius vinum de taberna,
quam quod aqua miscuit praesulis pincerna.

Jejunant et abstinent poetarum chori,
vitant rixas publicas et tumultus fori,
et, ut opus faciant, quod non possit mori,
moriuntur studio subditi labori.

Unicuique proprium dat natura donum,
ego versus faciens bibo vinum bonum
et quod habent purius dolia cauponum;
tale vinum generat copiam sermonum.

Mihi nunquam spiritus poetriae datur,
nisi prius fuerit venter bene satur.
Cum in arce cerebri Bacchus dominatur,
in me Phoebus irruit et miranda fatur.

Tales versus facio, quale vinum bibo,
nihil possum facere, nisi sumpto cibo.
Nihil valent penitus, quae jejunus scribo,
Nasonem post calicem carmine praeibo.

The latin text dates to the 12th century and could be summarized as "an ode to hedonism." Huzzah!

Teresa links to a translation here.

That's pretty awesome. If I stay in Michigan much longer I will be singing this carol all year. My favorite xmas song is "Fairytale of New York" --sung by Shane McGown and Kristy McColl(?), not that new crap version.
Damn, there's a new crap version? "Fairytale of New York" was the first song I bought online (after singing the bits I could remember for two xmases of no money for a whole album and no access to online music). Shoulda just asked you, I guess.

Kirsty MacColl was killed by jerks in a motorboat on a scubadiving trip to Mexico a few years back. Grrrr.
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