Berlin's Dance of Death, Part 4

Berlin's dance of death, part 4
Abbot, bishop, cardinal and pope

Abbot

Here abbet rike met jwer l.....ort
jwen moniken were.............
owers jw sal.......olle.....
gy scholen jw.........
(hal)det jw ok ber(eyt)......
springet vp vnde......

Och gude do(et).......
ik wolde...........
.............
.............
.............
.............
Mr Abbot, rich with your............
Your monks.......................
but you shall...............
You shall yourself..................
stay prepared...................
spring up and............

Oh good Death.......
I would............
.............
.............
.............
.............

Bishop

Her biscop myt juwer kostliken krone
(dantzet) my na got wyl jw nu wol lonen
......gy hebben ghedan
.......hebbe gy ghestan
...........hadde ghewesen
...............

............
.............
.........ko...t de.ust weren
.............nicht vormeren
.........olde lan..
...............alle..
Mr Bishop with your precious crown,
dance after me, God will now reward you well.
..........you have done
.......have you stood
...........had been
...............

............
.............
..................
.............not increase.
...................
........................

Cardinal

Her kardenal mit deme roden hode
gy muthen met alße ik my (vormo)de
der gewelt kunde gy gar wol (vorstan)
dar vor muthe gy nu met m(y gan)
beydet nich langhe sunder k(omet mede)
ik wyl (jw nv) leren des dan(tzes trede)
 
................
syet wy.........
ik bin.............
nu b...............
....................
ach b...............
Mr Cardinal with the red hat,
you must go with me as I presume.
The power have you managed very well
therefore must you now go with me.
Don't wait too long, but come along.
I will now teach you the steps of the dance.
 
................
see how.........
I am.............
now ................
....................
alas....................

Pope

Pawes erdescher vader volget my na
vnde syet wu schone ik jw nu vor gha
gy hebben in der stede gades ghestan
dar vmme schole gy vor an den dantz gan
(trede)t nu an vnde synget gheringhe
(vnde) maket neene vortogheringhe
 
Och dot derbarme dy nu over my
....ardenne wol dat ik eyn mensche s(y)
....wol byn ik eyn erdesche man gew(esen)
....kan ik des dodes nicht ge(nesen)
.....licher m....kt.........
(help) nu jhesu..............
Pope, earthly father, follow after me
and see how beautifully I now walk in front of you.
You have stood in God's stead -
therefore shall you go before the dance.
Step in now and sing quickly,
and don't make any delays.

Oh Death, have mercy upon me.
.........well that I am a human being
....well that I have been an earthly man
.......can I not escape Death
................................
Help now, Jesus................

Notice that the pope's Death is the only one who is naked.

Death promises the pope that he may lead the dance, as he does in most dances of death. Apparently death has forgotten that in Berlin the pope is the last ecclesiastical dancer, and that Death has already promised this dance to the sacristan.


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