Long Sword by Martin Syber

Hereafter written is a new recital of the long sword and an extraction from the previous recital and many other good plays from other master’s hands were set together [by] Martin Syber and is partitioned in six courses.

And the ox and the plow named therein, together with other hews have another art and interpretation than in the previously illustrated recital and also approaches differently.

Now here begins the forward and lessons of the recital, thereafter the six courses.

Whoever wishes to acquire honor
Before princes and before lords
In fencing with the sword
That is good and proper.
That follow my lessons,
They triumph continually.
Hold the six courses in guard
They are quite praiseworthily good
In them is well understood
Many good masters’ wisdom
From Hungary, Bohemia, Italy,
From France, England, and Alamannia,
From Russia, Prussia, Greece,
Holland, Provence, and Swabia.
In them, you shall step left
Thereby remember the misguiding
Penetrate strongly in thrusting
So you may well succeed
If you see the window standing open,
It goes inside from there
Strike or thrust quickly
If you must fall hard
In the work, step around.
That makes-good the first-pass
If you now wish to undertake this,
You must have a strong spirit
Proper understanding is also good
Guard yourself from great wrath
To such, bring the parrying to them.
Through that, you may well succeed.
In all of your fencing, be swift.
This forward has an end.

The First Course Has Five Plays

Flick the weak to the right
Wind through in the fencing
With that, make the Flicker
To both sides twice.
Besiege his shield strongly
Strike the bowed thrust violently.
In all work, step around
With the right bowed thrust.

The Second Course Has Six Plays

Crook into the strong
With that remember to wind through
Wind running over
Ready the point and pommel
Thrust into his face
Fence with the work of the cross
Of the directed pommel, you should think of that
Upon the head, if you would like to harm him
In all work, step around
This makes-good the first-pass.

The Third Course Has Seven Plays

Squint whatever comes from-the-day
Thwart-through, do not go crooked
Therein dishonor his struggle
The half-squinter makes-good
Take away quite swiftly
Threaten the hew against him
Drive out his shield strongly
Defeat him with running-over
In the strong of his edge
In all work, step around
This makes-good the first-pass.

The Fourth Course Has Five Plays

Thrust through the Ox
With two great steps
Wind and counter wind
The scalper-hew just as violently
Strike the hitter quickly
In the belly and upon the neck
In all work, step around
This makes-good the first-pass.

The Fifth Course Has Five Plays

Thrust through the long point
Yank, thrust again, then kill
Allow the blind-hew to bounce
So you may go careening well
Hang against, also quickly
Step behind, rebound
Upon the head, into the belly
So you make a right fool out of him
In all work, step around
This makes-good the first-pass.

The Sixth Course has Four Plays

From-the-Day Drive-through long
Protect yourself with besieging.
Thwart-through him immediately
Rebound the blind-hew
The point-hew into his chest
According to all of your desire.
In all work, step around
This makes-good the first-pass.

Here the new recital has an end.

From: http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Martin_Syber

Date: 1491 (original in High German); 2015 (translation in English)

By: Martin Syber (15th century)

Translated by: Christian Trosclair (19??- )


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