Physician and Suitor

Physician and Suitor
Guy Marchant, Physician and suitor

       Le mort

Medicin a tout vostre orinne
Voies vous icy quamander:
Iadis sceutes de medicine
Asses pour povoir commander.
Or vous vient la mort demander.
Comme autre vous convient morir:
Vous ny poves contremander.
Bon mire est: qui se scet guerir.

       Le medicin

Long temps a quen lart de phisique
Iay mis toute mon estudie.
Iavoye science et pratique.
Pour guerir mainte maladie.
Ie ne scay que ie contredie
Plus ny vault herbe ne racine:
Nautre remede quoy quon die.
Contre la mort na medicine.

The image of the physician sets the standard for all other physicians in dances of death: The doctor inspects his urine-glass to estimate the health of his patient, but he is unable to save himself. It's hardly a coincidence that Death tugs at the doctor's clothes in the general genital area.

Death tells the doctor with "all your urine" (»tout vostre orinne«), that he must die like everyone else and cannot protest.

The doctor realizes that no herb, root or other remedy will help. The verse ends: Against Death there is no medicine.

       Le mort

Gentil amoreux gent et frique
Qui vous cuidez de grant valeur:
Vous estez pris la mort vous pique.
Le monde lares a doleur.
Troup lavez amer: cest foleur:
Et a morir peu regarder.
Ia tost vous changeres coleur.
Beaute nest quimage farder.

       Lamoreux

Helas: or ny a il secours
Contre mort a dieu amourettes:
Moult tost va ieunesse a decours.
A dieu chapeaux bouques fleuretes
A dieu amans et pucelettes:
Souvienne vous de moy souvent.
Et vous mirez se sages estes:
Petite plue abat grant vent.

Variants

Various Artists

Guy Marchant (1486)
Guy Marchant 1486: Physician and suitor
Markus Reinhart (1490)
Markus Reinhart 1490: Reinhart 08
Antoine Vérard (1492)
Antoine Vérard 1492: Physician and suitor
Petit Laurens (1495)
Petit Laurens 1495: Physician and suitor
Simon Vostre (1498)
Simon Vostre 1498: Physician
Simon Vostre (1498)
Simon Vostre 1498: Suitor
Jacobinus Suigus (1499)
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Suigus 03
Jacobinus Suigus (1499)
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Medicus
Jacobinus Suigus (1499)
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Amans
Jean Belot (1500)
Jean Belot 1500: Suitor
Jean Belot (1500)
Jean Belot 1500: Physician
Thielmann Kerver (1509)
Thielmann Kerver 1509: Suitor
Thielmann Kerver (1509)
Thielmann Kerver 1509: Physician
BNF 995 (1510)
BNF 995 1510: Physician
Thielman Kerver (1511)
Thielman Kerver 1511: Suitor
Thielman Kerver (1511)
Thielman Kerver 1511: Physician
Guillaume Godard (1514)
Guillaume Godard 1514: Physician
Guillaume Godard (1514)
Guillaume Godard 1514: Suitor
Nicolas Oudot (1641)
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Physician and suitor
Leon le Maire (1856)
Leon le Maire 1856: Physician
d'Aligny (1858)
d'Aligny 1858: Physician
d'Aligny (1858)
d'Aligny 1858: Suitor
Baillieu (1862)
Baillieu 1862: Physician and suitor
Yvon (1977)
Yvon 1977: Physician

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