Todt zum Narren:
Death to The Fool|
Well then Heyne, you must now dance.
Prepare yourself, and hurry up.
You may now leave your fool's bauble behind.
My dance will drive the sweat out of you.
Oh woe. I would rather carry firewood
and be beaten up four times a day
by my lord and his servants.
Yet I must fight with this dry man.
Death fetching the fool was obviously inspired by Holbein's dance of death, where Death drags the queen away (picture to the left). Death's clothes as well as his posture are copied from Holbein.
This has probably happened when Hans Kluber renovated the mural in 1568. If we compare with the mural in Klein-Basel (picture to the right), the figures are standing stiff and motionless, and neither the fool nor Death are "specially" dressed. The only thing that distinguishes the fool from all other dancers was originally just his bauble, which had a bladder attached at the end.
|English translation from Beck, 1852|
|Death to the Jester.||The Jesters reply.|
Come Hal, dance now without a jest,
Woe's me! I'd carry wood or clay,
|Translation from Hess, 1841|
|Death to the Fool.||Answer of the Fool.|
Well harry, jump up with speed,
O woe! I would rather carry woud,