The Cardinal
Heidelberg's dance of death, Cardinal

Death to The Cardinal

Springit off mit ewrem roten hutt
Her cardinal der tancz yst gutt
Ir hat geseynet wol die leyen
Und must nw mit dem tode reyen
Spring up with your red hat,
Mr. Cardinal, the dance is good.
You have blessed the lay [people] well
and must now dance with Death.(1)
 
Ich was mit bobistlicher wal
Der heiligen kirchen cardinal
Nw byn ich dor czu getwngen gar
Das ich tancze an des todis schar
I was through papal election
cardinal for the holy church.
Now I am completely coerced to it
so I'm dancing in the troop of dead.

Footnotes: (1)

dance with Death . . .: The word "reyen" has several meanings like row, single file, (chain)dance and noisy merriment. Some of the manuscripts don't have "dem tode", but "den toten" i.e. the dead. Check out Dance of Death or Line of the Dead.

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