Todt zum Krämer:
Death to The Peddler|
Well then, peddler, you Gressoneyer,
you people-swindler and street-crier.
You must now with me from here.
Leave your shoddy goods for somebody else.
I have passed through the world
and have received all kinds of monies:
Many thalers, coins, crowns and guilders.
Oh murder, who will now pay me the amount owing?
If we look at the dance of death in Klein-Basel, we see that at this point in the dance there was a beguine (beguines were members of various ascetic and philanthropic communities of women not under vows).
In Groß-Basel the beguine has been replaced by a peddler. This probably happened when Hans Kluber renovated the mural, as part of the endeavor to reduce the number of Catholic ecclesiasticals.
Death calls the peddler a Gressoneyer. Gressoney is the name of two villages in Northern Italy, where the German-speaking citizens primarily make a living from peddling.
From Meyers Konversationslexikon 1891-1892: »[…] dem 1637 m ü. M. gelegenen Gressoney la Trinite […] das zweite Kirchdorf Gressoney St. Johann (1305 m), beide zusammen mit 2400 Einw. Als Krämer, Maurer, Steinhauer, Zuckerbäcker ziehen die Einwohner weithin in das deutsche Land, um dort ihr Brot zu suchen. Zahlreiche Gressoneyer sind Besitzer hochangesehener Kaufmannshäuser in Luzern, Zürich, Winterthur, Frauenfeld, St. Gallen, Lindau, Kempten, Augsburg, Offenburg, Konstanz«.
There's probably an extra sarcasm in calling a Gressoneyer a Groscheneyer after the little coin, a Groschen. If we look at the translations below, it's precisely the small coin that's being referred to: »Come hither, Pedlar, Penny snatch / you common cheat and noisy wretch« and »Welcome mercer thou penny friar / People cheater and street crier«.
Maybe that's why the peddler protests and points out that he'll gladly receive all kinds of monies:
»I […] have received all kinds of monies:
Many thalers, coins, crowns and guilders«.
|English translation from Beck, 1852|
|Death to the Pedlar.||The Pedlar's reply.|
Come hither, Pedlar, Penny snatch,
Throughout the world I long have ranged,
|Translation from Hess, 1841|
|Death to the Mercer.||Answer of the Mercer.|
Welcome mercer thou penny friar
Through the world I have been running,