The Queen

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Another picture with Death treating genteel people disrespectfully. One Death pulls the queen's arm, while playing the fife. The other Death grabs her necklace.

The accompanying text for this letter goes: »Ir rychen wyber stond vff vnd hört myn stym. Vnd ir werdt ouch betrübt werden noch den tagen vnd ioren.«."

This is Isaiah 32,9-10, which Luther translates thus: »Wohlan, ihr stolzen Frauen, höret meine Stimme! [...] Über Jahr und Tag, da werdet ihr Sicheren zittern; [...]«. In English: »Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come«."

Various artists

Holbein Alphabet (1524)
Holbein Alphabet 1524: Holbein: G
Wolfgang Köpphel (1526)
Wolfgang Köpphel 1526: Köpfel: G
Augsburg (1535)
Augsburg 1535: Ulhart G
Hans Schott (1536)
Hans Schott 1536: Schott: G
Hans Schott (1536)
Hans Schott 1536: Schott: G
Hans Schott (1537)
Hans Schott 1537: Kreüterbuch: G
Hans Schott (1537)
Hans Schott 1537: Kreüterbuch: G
Hans Schott (1545)
Hans Schott 1545: Dennmaerckische: G
Hans Schott (1545)
Hans Schott 1545: Annal Buch: G
Argentoratum (1548)
Argentoratum 1548: Chronica regnorum: G
Heinrich Lödel (1849)
Heinrich Lödel 1849: Lödel: G
Douce Alphabet (1858)
Douce Alphabet 1858: Douce: G

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