The Craftsman

Craftsman
Figuren, Figuren: Craftsman

    Der doit.
HAntwerckesman vnd auch dů leye
Kumme nü auch an mynen reyen.
Du pflechst abents lang tzü wachen
Kleyder beltz vnd schůwe tzü machen
Gelden verkauffen lenen borgen
Wenig vor die sele tzu sorgen
Bijß du kommest in lybes noit
Vnd dich holt der bitrer doit

    Death
Craftsman, and also you unlettered one,
come now also to my row.
You usually watch all the night long
to make clothes, fur and shoes,
pay, sell, lend and borrow.
[You] take [very] little care of the soul
until you come in mortal danger
and the bitter Death fetches you.

 

    der hantwercksman
Hett ich noch zijt vnd krafft
Vnd myt dem doide nyt were behafft.
Ich wollte laißen myn arbeyt stain
Zü der predigen vnd kyrchen gan
Nů byn ich siech vnd kranck
Vnd fůlen des bittern doides stanck.
Ich raden uch allen mynen gesellen
Fochtent goit vnd hut uch vor der hellen

    The Craftsman.
If I still had time and power
and was not encumbered with Death
[then] I would leave my work
[and] go to the sermon and church.
Now I'm sick and ill
and feel the stench of bitter Death.
I advise you, all my journeymen:
Fear God and guard yourself against hell.


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