Todt zum Cardinnal:
Death to The cardinal|
Jump up with the red hat,
Mr. Cardinal, the dance is good.
You have blessed many lay [people] well.
You must also now to the dance.
I was by papal choice
cardinal in the holy church.
The world honoured me greatly.
Now I cannot ward off Death from me.
If you look at this position in the dance of death in Klein-Basel, there's not a cardinal, but a patriarch (see picture to the left). This is because the cardinal in Groß-Basel has moved one place to the right and has replaced the patriarch, after which the old cardinal was painted over and replaced by a queen.
This change is presumed to have been made by Hans Kluber in 1568 as a part of the efforts to reduce the number of Catholic clerics.
One can see how the postures of the persons are the same in Klein-Basel (to the left) and Großbasel (above), but the "patriarch" now wears the cardinal's cross and hat guard.
Death's speech and half of the cardinal's answer are taken almost verbatim from the cardinal in Heidelberg's block book and other versions of the high German dance of death.
At the museum in Basel there's still a fragment of the original mural with the queen. A few layers of paint were removed and the original cardinal appeared (picture to the right).
|English translation from Beck, 1852|
|Death to the Cardinal.||The Cardinal's reply.|
Lord Cardinal, 'twill give me pleasure
A Cardinal — the Pope's own choice;
|Translation from Hess, 1841|
|Death to the Cardinal.||Answer of the Cardinal.|
jump up with you red suit,
I was by election, of the pope,