Her korpfaffe habit ir gesungen vor
Mr. Canon, have you lead the singing;|
sweetly sung in your choir
then notice my fife's clang.
It proclaims to you the event of death.
Ich habe als eyn korhirre frey
I have as a free canon|
sung many lovely melodies.
Death's fife is not like it;
it has terrified me so much.
A Canon is a priest attached to a cathedral. The canons are so called because they lead a rule bound life, "vita canonica".