Wolher aptheker an meynen tancz
Well then, Apothecary, to my dance.|
Is the potion(1) quite ready now,
which [works] against the force of Death?
Prove now your mastery.
Ich kunde syrop vnd confect machen
I could make sirup and confectionary,|
electuary(2) and many other things.
If one of these were good against Death,
I would need it in this hour.
The pharmacist is not a regular character in Oberdeutscher vierzeiliger Totentanz, but he appears here in Heidelberg.
Hammerstein (page 190) and Wilhelm Ludwig Schreiber believe this woodcut to be a later addition from the 16th century. The arguments are, that the apothecary is not found in other dances of death from the 15th century, the language is rougher, and the skeleton is more modern (anatomically correct).
Footnotes: (1) (2)
As the text shows, apothecaries used to sell goods (including chocolate, wine and spicy sirup) that you don't expect to see in a modern pharmacy.