[Oh yeah, this has appeared here before as well.]
And, in an email exchange, this just appeared in the inbox.
This extract from Aelfric's Colloquy, set in a 10th century British monastery where a master is talking to a group of boys. They've just talked a bit about diet, and the dormitories are next, but first let's see how we transition from table to unconsciousness:Heh. Ok, enough dawdling around Atlanta airport. Time to wend my way to the gate.
Q Et quid bibis?
R Cervisam, si habeo, vel aquam si non habeo cervisam.
Q Nonne bibis vinum?
R Non sum tam dives ut possim emere mihi vinum; et vinum non est potus puerorum sive stultorum, sed senum et sapientium.
Q And what do you drink?
R Beer, if I have it, or water if I don't have beer.
Q You don't drink wine?
R I am not so rich that I can buy myself wine; and wine is not a beverage for children or fools, but for elders and wise men.
Make of it what you will.