Greetings to the singers, poets, drinkers, and wits of the East Kingdom! Lady Aildreda de Tamwurthe issues unto you a convivial challenge for the festival season, now to be answered at the Market Day at Birka in the Barony of Stonemarche.

The cheerful poets of Beuern have left us many jolly songs and poems about the simple pleasures of drinking and good cheer, and one of the most familiar is “Bache Bene Venies”. Like all good drinking songs, it has many many verses – each long enough to be clever, but short enough to let everyone who only knows the refrain sing it often and boisterously.

My challenge to you – write me a NEW verse! It can be in Latin, it can be in English – the only requirement is that it scan to the original and that it address the same subjects of pastimes in good company. We can sing it together, or with any like-minded friends, or I can sing it *to* you – and in the spirit of the song, if you bring me a new verse, I will buy you a drink from the fine establishment that is hosting our Market Day revels. (If you prefer not to drink spiritous libations, fret not – I am certain that we can work out an appropriate exchange in the moment!)

Here is a recording of the tune for reference; it is one of *many*, so do feel free to go out and find any that you love:

And here are a few verses and the chorus, to give you a sense (general translation provided also):

1. Bache bene venies gratus et optatus
per quem noster animus fit letificatus

Welcome, Bacchus, pleasing and desired,
through whom our spirits are made joyful.

R: Istud vinum bonum vinum vinum generosum
reddit virum curialem probum animosum

This wine, good wine, kindly wine,
makes a man noble, honest, spirited.

2. Iste cyphus concavus de bono mero profluus
siquis bibit sepius satur fit et ebrius

This hollow cup overflows with good wine;
of anyone drinks often he will be sated and drunk.

3. Bachus venas penetrans calido liquore
facit eas igneas Veneris ardore.

Bacchus entering their veins with hot liquor
sets them afire with the heat of Venus.

oh! I look forward to hearing your merry words! If you have any questions, please drop me a message.

– Aildreda de Tamwurthe, Dean of Belles Lettres, East Kingdom College of Performers