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Death: The End of All Earthly Things

Sachs, Hans (1494-1576)
Der Todt ein Endt, aller yrdischen ding.

N├╝rnberg, Georg Merckel, around 1554

Quarto: [24] pp.


A humorous poem by the "Meistersinger" Hans Sachs in which a man dreams that Death, in the form of a skeleton, has come to take him. Frightened and too weak to resist, the man calls upon some helpers: Youth, Beauty, Health, Strength, Bravery, Skill, Medicine, and Wealth. But these fail him. The virtues (Nobility, Honor, etc.) all spurn him; the vices (Audacity, Lust, Violence, Anger, Indolence, etc.


VD16, S-560; Weller 205(2); Keller/Goetze Enr. 190a

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