Pól Mac Cárthaigh: Yellow Submarine

At the turn of the 11th century, an Irish cleric by the name of Paulus Cartenius (Pól Mac Cárthaigh) who had taken up residence in Würtzburg, passed the time by composing idle verses which at the time seemed nonsensical.

Flava Submarina Navis
Paulus Cartenius

In vico olim quo sum natus
Vir qui enavit pelagus
Est nobis vitam suam fatus
In submarinis navibus

Ad solem ita navigantes
Viride mare vidimus
Sub undis inde iucundantes
In flava navi canimus:

In flava submarina navi

Vivamus in perpetuum, 
In flava submarina navi
Nunc et usque in saeculum.

Amici nostri aut hic manent
Aut in vicinis navibus
Musici dum gaudemus canent
Lyris benesonantibus

In flava submarina navi
Vivamus in perpetuum, 
In flava submarina navi
Nunc et usque in saeculum.

Vivamus in luxuria.
Singulis fas est copia,
Mari virente caelo suavi,
In flava submarina navi.

In flava submarina navi
Vivamus in perpetuum, 
In flava submarina navi
Nunc et usque in saeculum.

Long ago in the village where I was born / a man who sailed o'er the deep / spake unto us of his life
/ among the ships under the sea. / So sailing unto the sun / we saw a green sea, / and now delighting beneath the waves / in a yellow ship we sing: / In a yellow submarine / let us live forever, / in a yellow submarine / now and forever unto the ages. / Our friends either remain here / or in neighboring ships. / While we rejoice, the musicians will sing / to well-sounding lyres. / In a yellow submarine / let us live forever.... / Let us live in luxury. / Abundance is permitted to each of us, / with the sea greening to a sweet sky, / in a yellow submarine. / In a yellow submarine / let us live forever.

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