1713 Steinbach Nutcracker The Nightwatchman
Hello, this is the Nightwatchman. Have
you ever been to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, that wonderful romantic town in
Southern Germany? It has a medieval town wall for defence, towers and
gates all of which have been preserved for centuries!
Many towns in Germany used to look the
same and in all of them there was a nightwatchman. When the gates were
shut to keep out rogues at night it was his job to watch over the
houses, the land and possessions of the people who put their trust in
him. He carried a lance with an axe (halberd) and a horn which he used
to blow continously in case of fire, just like the sirens of today.
Every hour he had to sing in his sonorous voice the verse of a
nightwatchman song, like this one at midnight:
Listen people, listen well, twelve
times strikes the steeple’s bell yet another hour is gone time
continues ever on.
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