For Heidi

woodcut print of “A Dance of Death”
from the Liber Chronicarum, 1493.


4 comments on “For Heidi

  1. Oh for HEAVEN’S SAKE!

    (Thanks for making me laugh…)

  2. Zum Tanz, zum Tanze reiht euch ein:
    Kaiser, Bischof, Bürger, Bauer,
    arm und reich und groß und klein,
    heran zu mir! Hilft keine Trauer.
    Wohl dem, der rechter Zeit bedacht,
    viel gute Werk vor sich zu bringen,
    der seiner Sünd sich losgemacht –
    Heut heißt’s: Nach meiner Pfeife springen!

  3. matt, you read my mind.

  4. :-)

    That’s the opening lines from the Lubec Totentanz (Dance of Death). There’s a series of pictures depicting death calling and dancing with the emperror, the biship, the nobleman, the doctor, etc. and little poems with all of them. This one’s for the whole thing. I can’t find an English translation I can copy, but here’s a link to one.

    (By the way, I would strongly recommend the Distler–one of Dr. Schuler’s favorites–piece.)

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