Ach neen, ick befruch- te my in velen saken,
Mochte ick leven, ick wolde yd beter maken.
Ick hebbe yo myn ampt wol ghelerd,
Mynen gyldebröderen was ik ok lef unde werd.
Dat my doch de doth lenger leven lethe,
Wat schade öm dath unde myne fruwen Grete.
Non non, expectate, yd is noch neen tyd.
Ik hebbe studeret myt grotem flyd,
Vaken hebbe ik ghekre- gen scharpe correccien,
So wan ik yo vorsume- de de leccien
Mochte ick appelleren, de doth deyth my wee,
Ach leyder, neen, dat is impossibile.
Mester amptman, hefstu myt truwen ghewerket,
So kumpstu nu int rechte market,
Nicht myt loszheyt schon vor ogen,
Bynnen feyl unde so bedrogen,
Bystu ock truwe ghe- west myt allem flyd,
Dat belonet God nu unde ock to ewyger tyd.
Her domine efte Johan- nes, wo dyn name ist,
De dot gyft dy nicht lenger fryst.
Eyn yunck man schal by tyden leren
To denen Gode, syneme heren.
Hefstu dat ok so myt flyte gheleret,
So werstu nu ewich- lyken gheeret.
Death to the craftsman
Master Craftsman - have you worked with honesty,
then you'll now come into the right market;
not with deceit - beautiful to the eye
[but] bad inside - and thus deceived.
Have you also been honest with all diligence -
that will God reward now - and also in eternity.
Death to the student
Mr. Domine(1) or Johannes - whatever your name is,
Death gives you no longer respite.
A young man shall in [good] time learn
to serve God - his Lord.
Have you also learned this with diligence -
then you will now be eternally honoured.
Alas no, I am afraid for many affairs;
might I live, [then] I would make it better.
After all - I have learned my craft well;
I was also dear and valued to my guild brothers.
If only Death [would] let me live longer
what would it hurt him and my wife, Grete?
Non non, expectate,(2) it is not yet time.
I have studied with great diligence -
often I have received sharp correccien,
like when I neglected leccien.
Might I appeal - Death causes me pain,
Alas unfortunately no, that is impossibile.
domine...: Dominus is Latin for "master".
Non non, expectate...: Latin for "no, no, wait!". correccien...: Latin for "reprimands". leccien...: Latin for "lessons". impossibile...: Latin for "impossible" (that was easy :-)