Pro Tempore Jocundo

Another of Tim Dawson's medieval creations, this dance can be done as a bransle in a circle or a line. It also has words which can be sung by the dancers – there are several references to this type of dancing while singing done in the middle ages.

The music and lyrics are from the Carmina Burana.


First verse

Tempus est jocundum, O virgenes

Double left and right

Modo con gaudete, vos iuvenes

Double left and right



O, O, totus floreo

Single left and right, then do a double left, turning around to face the opposite direction at close.

Iam amore virginale totus ardeo

Double right and left.

Novus, novus, amor est quo pereo.

Single right then left, and then do a double right, turning to face in your original direction once again.



There are 8 verses, each with the same steps but different words. The chorus, with the same words and steps, is repeated after each verse. The words to the following verses are:

Cantat philomena sic dulciter,
et modulans auditur; intus caleo.

Flos est puellarum, quam diligo,
et rosa rosarum, quam sepe video.

Mea me confortat promissio,
mea me deportat negatio.

Mea mecum ludit virginitas,
mea me detrudit simplicitas.

Sile, philomena, pro tempore!
Surge, cantilena, de pectore!

Tempore brumali vir patiens,
animo vernali lasciviens,

Veni, domicella, cum gaudio!
Veni, veni, pulchra! Iam pereo!