These are the Latin words chanted on the Gary
Brooker Ensemble's Within Our
recording of A Salty Dog,
and later in choral /orchestral versions.
They were devised by GB in collaboration with Latin scholar Peter Dicks. For an account of this text in performance click here or here
Introduction and final verse
non navis acta hieme portum posse capiet nisi dominum patrem filiumque et spiritum sanctum
A ship driven by winter storms will not reach port unless it will take, as its master, Father Son and Holy Ghost
si quidem gubernator veritate cursum tenebit ad caelum profecto navem itinere recto reget
If indeed the helmsman will hold his course by the truth, then certainly he will steer the ship by a straight course toward heaven.
ventus veritatis semper navem diriget ad portum
The wind of truth will always lead the ship into harbour
animadvertis verba mea
What you are hearing is my word
See also Faith and the Sea: Christian symbolism in A Salty Dog