This anonymous poem appears in fragmentary form in both Hans Talhoffer's personal fencing manual of 1459 and Hans von Speyer's 1491 anthology. It shares concepts and terminology with the writings of Martin Syber and follows his New Zettel ("New Record") in Speyer's work, but is absent from other presentations of his work. Its presence in Talhoffer's writings over thirty years earlier would also suggest that Syber is not the original author (or potentially that his career was much earlier than currently thought).
It is worth mentioning that the justification for considering the two poems to be parts of the same greater work is not as strong as we might wish. Out of 30 lines in the Copenhagen version and 27 in the Salzburg, only ten are common to both poems. This is a much smaller degree of overlap than we generally see in different renditions of the same work, though it is still substantial enough to reasonably conclude that the two are related in some way.
The couplet in bold text appears out of sequence between the two versions. Its proper location cannot be determined from available information.
by Christian Trosclair
Copenhagen Version (1459) 
by Dieter Bachmann
Salzburg Version (1491) 
by Dierk Hagedorn
|Over-hew is for the thrust|
Under-hew simply breaks
Middle-hew into the expanse
Now look into what this means
In the changing-hew seek the gauche,
Diligently observe according to the displacement
Plunging-hew, therein you wind
If you wish to find the face open
Then, from the parter,
Strike the short edge there
To the bottom, invert the plunge-hew
Therein examine and learn
In the Iron-point, take watch.
With the point, Drive up.
Delivering into the unicorn another time.
Your roses in the little wheel.
yank the hits, it gives good sense
Squint-hew hits as well
The wing accosts the ears
Wrath-point, the chest to pierce
Shooting over to both sides
The waker will stay
Driving strokes will go
Into the roses in the little wheel
yank the hits, it gives good sense
Crooked-hew to the mouth
If you have intwined him, do not rest
In the war, so you apply grips
Ox, plow: therein you do not soften
Play with the carving point
In the barrier-point have a heart
Avert in the iron-gate.
Perform a failing [upon] a buffalo, if you are agile
Approaching first, racing behind is the snare
Bolting, running-over and the slice
That is a general teaching
Orient yourself thereupon
Because if the wise perform,
The Art proclaims glories.
If you wish to enjoy the Art,
Then learn the doubled hews
Whoever follows straight hews,
They permit their art little rejoicing
Also [there] are the four guards
That you shall always remember
Do not fall strongly therein
Lest he clash loudly, sounding over it.
Whenever one wishes to bind-upon
Then wind the short edge into forwards.
[3r] Ober haülb ist für stich
Vnter haulb schlecht bricht
Mittel haulb in die weÿtte
Nü lüg was dz bedüte
Im wechsell haülb süch die geüche
Noch der versatzüng spee
Stürtz haülb dar in dü winde~
Wiltü Im dz antlütz ploß finden
So aüß dem scheittler
Schlag die kurtz schnid dar
Im vnter stürtz haülb verkere
Dar In sich vnd lere
Im ÿssen ort nÿm war
Mit dem ort vff far
Bringst auch moll Ins einhorn dar
Din rosen Im redlin
Zück die treffen gen gute~ sin
Schilt haulb mit trifft
Flÿgell oren gift
Wecker will ston
Triben strichen wil gañ
E komen noch reissen ist der sytt
Schnellen vberlouff vnd die schnidtt
Daß ist ein gemeÿne lere
Dar an dich kere
Daß thüntt wÿssen
Dÿ künst kündent prÿssen
For further information, including transcription and translation notes, see the discussion page.
- Hull, Jeffrey. "The Longsword Fight Lore of Mertin Siber." Masters of Medieval and Renaissance Martial Arts. Ed. Jeffrey Hull. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press, 2008. ISBN 978-1-58160-668-3
- ↑ Talhoffer, Hans. Untitled [manuscript]. MS Thott.290.2º. Copenhagen, Denmark: Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 1459.
- ↑ Liechtenauer, Johannes, et al. Untitled [manuscript]. MS M.I.29. Comp. Hans von Speyer. Salzburg, Austria: Universitätsbibliothek Salzburg, 1491.
- ↑ Hull, Jeffrey. "Mertin Siber’s Longsword Fight-Lore of 1491 AD: a thesis on the Fechtlehre from Handschrift M I 29 (Codex Speyer) at the University of Salzburg in Austria". The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts, 2005. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- ↑ open space
- ↑ usually ‘pfort’: port
- ↑ darbringen
- ↑ maw
- ↑ Do not be serious, as in “jocamen, schimf oder scherz, vergnügen, spiel”
- ↑ in weiterer freierer anwendung. a) durch zerren, ziehen in schnelle bewegung versetzen.
- ↑ also trap, snare
- ↑ Turn away, twist, steal away
- ↑ lit. turn
- ↑ chases
- ↑ also simple
- ↑ lit. ‘or’