he merchant has brought his ware safely ashore from far-away countries, and is counting his money. At this moment, his dangerous trip now a thing of the past, he is caught by Death.
His partner loses the sleeve out of fear.
Variations: Birckmann has removed the compass that the merchant has put on the package; the hourglass is placed by the merchant's knee; The ships are moved farther away, so the water is visible. Hollar and Deuchar copy Birckmann.