Typus Omnium Morientium (Part 2)


Note: Click the pictures to see the original pages. Click the red and white flag in the top right corner to read the text in medieval Danish.

The usurer, part 1 The usurer, part 2 In the beginning the verses are mostly 4 lines, but as Death gets warmed up, the verses become longer and longer. See for instance the attack on the usurer:



Ezech 18. v. 13.
Psalm. 15. v. 5.(1)

The Usurer.
Hath given forth upon usury / and
hath taken increase / shall he then live?
LORD / who shall abide in thy tabernacle?


Who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
He that putteth not out his mo-
ney to usury.

 For every dollar / a day
every week a shilling
interest / makes for one hun-
dred dollar annually 81 dol-
lar and one mark(3). Help
God / does one not fear
for Hell's eternal tor-
ment ?

Deut. 29. v. 19.(4)

When he heareth this
curse's words / then
he still bless him-
self in his heart / saying:
It goes well / but
I walk as my
heart desires.


You usurer / God speaks to you /
  You usuress as well:
You extort the poor / Good heavens! /
  Totally merciless.
A day every week / you take at leisure /
  Of one dollar / you lend:
One shilling barefaced / Oh / damned greed /
  God will certainly avenge.
Your monthly interest / you must expect /
  Will become gall for you:
When your conscience / you bad pig /
  Will fight you in death.


The long row continues (see the left column) and ends with the resurrection and the day of the Lord. The last part of the book contains poems about the transitoriness of life.


The physician Let us round this section off with the physician:


Luc. 4. v. 23.(5)
Sap. 16. v. 12.

The physician.
Physician, heal thyself. It was
neither herb, nor mollifying plai-
ster that cured them.

Contra vim mortis,
nullos viret herba
per hortos.(6)


The skill of all physicians / is in vain /
  Against Death the grim.
Any strong herb / against his art of war /
  One never could find.


The emperor
The king
The empress
The queen
The prince
Noble person
The baron
The knight
The councillor
The giant
The war lord
The pope
The cardinal
The bishop
The vicar
False preachers
The canon
The monk
The cloister maiden
The physician
Unfair judge
The citizen
The citizeness
The usurer
Bridegroom and Bride
City girl
The peasant
The merchant
The craftsman
False traitor
Pharisee, Hypocrite
Glutton, Drunkard, Epicure
Adulterer, Whore
Magician, Warlock, Soothsayer etc.(2)
Disobedient children
Poor prisoners
Poor, Penniless, Miserable
Old, Fragile, Full of this life
All humans
The Last Day
The Resurrection
The Judge
Come to Judgment
Give account
Judgment against the pious
Doom of the godless


Footnotes: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

Ezekiel 18:13 goes: "Hath given forth upon usury, and hath taken increase: shall he then live? he shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him. " and Psalm 15:5 goes: "[He that] putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these [things] shall never be moved. "

There's also a quote from Psalms 15:1, "LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?"

magicians etc . . . The original has a list of 9 kinds of magicians who were popular in 1622.
Quite right - if we assume 4 mark per dollar and 16 shilling per mark. But, of course, this was in the good old days when nobody had ever heard of compound interest.
Deuteronomy 29:19 goes: And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
Luke 4:23 goes: "And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country." and Wisdom of Solomon 16:12 goes: For it was neither herb, nor mollifying plaister, that restored them to health: but thy word, O Lord, which healeth all things.
Normally the quote is: "Contra vim mortis, non est medicamen in hortis." Against the power of death there is no remedy in the garden.

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