The emperor
Heidelberg's dance of death, Emperor

Death to The emperor

Her keyser euch hilft nicht das swert
Czeptir vnd crone sint hy nicht wert
Ich habe euch bey der hand genomen
Ir must an meynen reyen komen
Mr. Emperor, the sword doesn't help you;
Sceptre and crown has no value here.
I have taken you by the hand;
you must come into my dance.
 
Ich kunde das reich yn hoer eren
Mit streyt vnd fechten wol gemeren
Nw hat der tod obirwunden mich
Daz ich byn wedir keyser noch menschen gleich
I could honour the empire highly,
increase it well with struggle and fight.
Now, Death has defeated me,
so that I am neither like emperor nor human being.

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