Lawyer and Minstrel

Lawyer and Minstrel
Guy Marchant, Lawyer and minstrel

       Le mort

Advocat sans long proces faire
Venez vostre cause plaidier.
Bien aves sceu les gens actraire
De pieca: non pas duy ne dier.
Conseil si ne vous peut aidier.
Au grant iuge vous fault venir
Savoir le deves sans cuidier.
Bon fait iustice prevenir.

       Ladvocat

Cest bien droit que raison se face
Ne ie ny scay mectre deffence:
Contre mort na respit ne grace:
Nul napelle de sa sentence.
Iay eu de lautruy quant ie y pence
De quoy ie doubte estre repris.
A craindre est le iour de vengence
Dieu rendra tout a iuste pris.

Like the physician the lawyer appears on the left side because he has studied.

       Le mort

Menestrel qui danses et notes
Savez: et avez beau maintien
Pour faire esioir sos. et sotes:
Quen dicte vous. alons nous bien
Monstrer vous fault puis que vous tien
Aux autres cy: ung tour de danse
Le contredire ny vault rien
Maistre doit monstrer sa science.

       Le menestrel

De danser ainsi neusse cure
Certes tresenviz ie men mesle:
Car de mort nest painne plus dure
Iay mis sub le banc ma vielle.
Plus ne corneray sauterelle
Nautre danse: mort men retient.
Il me fault obeir a elle.
Tel danse a qui a cueur nen tient.

The curious part is that musical instruments are not used anywhere in the original Danse Macabre; even the minstrel's lute is lying on the ground (maybe it's a rebec, since it has three strings and is played with a bow?).

Variants

Various Artists

Guy Marchant (1486)
Guy Marchant 1486: Lawyer and minstrel
Antoine Vérard (1492)
Antoine Vérard 1492: Lawyer and minstrel
Antoine Vérard (1492)
Antoine Vérard 1492: Lawyer and minstrel
Petit Laurens (1495)
Petit Laurens 1495: Lawyer and minstrel
Simon Vostre (1498)
Simon Vostre 1498: Advocate
Simon Vostre (1498)
Simon Vostre 1498: Minstrel
Jacobinus Suigus (1499)
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Advocatus
Jacobinus Suigus (1499)
Jacobinus Suigus 1499: Joculator
Jean Belot (1500)
Jean Belot 1500: Lawyer
Jean Belot (1500)
Jean Belot 1500: Minstrel
Thielmann Kerver (1509)
Thielmann Kerver 1509: Lawyer
Thielmann Kerver (1509)
Thielmann Kerver 1509: Minstrel
Thielman Kerver (1511)
Thielman Kerver 1511: Lawyer
Thielman Kerver (1511)
Thielman Kerver 1511: Minstrel
Guillaume Godard (1514)
Guillaume Godard 1514: Lawyer
Guillaume Godard (1514)
Guillaume Godard 1514: Minstrel
Nicolas Oudot (1641)
Nicolas Oudot 1641: Lawyer and minstrel
(1729)
 1729: Astrologer and citizen
Garnier (1766)
Garnier 1766: Astrologer and citizen
Garnier (1766)
Garnier 1766: Lawyer and minstrel
Leon le Maire (1856)
Leon le Maire 1856: Minstrel
d'Aligny (1858)
d'Aligny 1858: Lawyer
d'Aligny (1858)
d'Aligny 1858: Minstrel
Baillieu (1862)
Baillieu 1862: Lawyer and minstrel

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