Todt zum Blinden:
Death to The Blind Man|
I cut you off from your guide.
Tread carefully or you'll fall into the grave.
You poor, blind, old geezer
in your miserable patched coat.
Der blind Mann:
The Blind Man.|
A blind man; a poor man,
cannot win his mush and bread.
I cannot walk a step without my dog.
God be praised, that the hour is here.
If we compare the blind man with the corresponding picture in Klein-Basel (to the left), the scene was originally far less dynamic: Death simply fetches the blind man like he does with all the other participants.
The change was probably introduced by Hans Kluber, when he renovated the mural in 1568. Kluber has presumably taken a peek at Holbein's dance of death, where Death is luring the old man down into the open grave (picture to the right). See also the initial W.
|English translation from Beck, 1852|
|Death to the Blind man.||The Blind man's reply.|
Here I cut off your leader small,
A poor blind man I must be led,
|Translation from Hess, 1841|
|Death to the Blindman.||Answer of the Blindman.|
Thy leader now I cut thee off,
A blindman is a poor man,