Mors de la Pomme, Giant

Giant
Mors de la Pomme, Giant

The first victim after the flood is a giant. Even the greatest and most powerful must submit to Death.

    Death

The biggest and the most powerful
that the whole world can search for,
I will make obedient to me.
200 I will lower him into the earth.

It's just as unusual to see a giant in a dance of death as it is to see Noah's ark, but the two things are a little connected. Just before the Flood, the Bible tells us that »There were giants in the earth in those days«. (Genesis 6:4). From the context, one could even get the idea that it was these giants who had raised God's ire, so maybe the giants were the first to die from the Flood?

Genesis 6:4, There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

    The Giant

I am sorrowful and distraught
because Death strikes me, I feel.
In a few hours I will have lost
204 strength, beauty, honor and reason.

Here is another example of an "equivocal rhyme", where a word has two meanings: "[je] sens" = "I feel" (from the verb "sentir"), "le sens" = common sense / reason.

    The squire

Now, there is not a man so strong
that he is not subject
to the very fearsome death.
208 See here the proof.

It is very ambiguous who these giants were (and how they survived the Flood). Were they physically large? Or great warriors? The Bible would seem to suggest the latter: »the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown«.

The same ambiguity is present in the Latin quotation (which is missing in Français 17001 and therefore was taken from the Ambrosiana manuscript): »Gigas non salvabitur in multitudine virtutis sue«, where the Bible translates "Gigas" to "mighty man": »a mighty man is not delivered by much strength« (Psalm 33:16).

Psalm 33:16, There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

Giant

    La mort

Le plus grant et le plus puissant
Quon puist par tout le monde querre
Feray a moy obeissant
200 Descendre le feray en terre
Nec enim in gladio suo possederunt

    Le gayant

Je suys dolant et esperdu
Puis que de mort frape me sens
En peu deure jaray perdu
204 Force beaute honneur et sens
Terribili et ei qui aufert spiritum

    Lescuier

Or nest il homme tant soit fort
Qui ne soit en subiection
De la tresredoubtable mort
208 Cy en voy la probation
[Gigas non salvabitur in multitudine virtutis sue]