N.B.: The book should be read from right to left: First Death's admonition, then the answer of the dying person. The translation below is presented in the proper (logical) sequence. The Low German text in the "book" above has been modernized to make it more readable. Click here to read the original text.
Death to the abbot
Mr Abbot, ecclesiastical father, I mean you totally,
Death to the crusader
Mr. Master of the Teutonic Order,(2)
Death to the physician
Mr. Doctor, dance along, hold on to the hand.
Alas, had I followed it diligently
See, how gruesome these words are -
Alas God, here is very little remedy,
Footnotes: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5)
The crusader is not merely bragging: the knights did control Prussia and great parts of the Baltic States.
I wonder whom Death considers the second best physician. Typhoid Mary?