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Hanging On

Dean, St. Vincent's Hospital, October 2004.

 

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Such is the name of the song that I mean:

Bitterly dying is the first song,

the second is the bells ringing,

The third is in short time

you`ll be forgotten by your friends,

they go to share your temporal belongings,

the flesh to the worms, the soul to the Devil.

When then this is thus arranged -

that each gets his own part -

this he holds on to without mistake.

He doesn`t give it away for the two other parts:

If the worms get the flesh to share

they don`t care for the goods or the soul.

When the friends also get the goods

[they] care little about what life and soul do.

If the Devil gets the soul to keep -

yes, he gave it not away for all gold.

In order that his will should not be done

each should take care of himself.

Learn to die well and be prepared

To die well surpasses all arts.

To die well is so great art,

by this you obtain God`s favour.

 

The year 1520 Lübeck.

  

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Taken on October 28, 2004