The score gives the melody of the tune "Bruder Veyt" (shown here with other words); sound example 4.3 gives the first of Michael Stifel's fifty-two stanzas to this melody, "Johannes thüt uns schreiben" (1522). Text: "St. John writes to us clearly / about an angel / who shall stir up God's word / quite loudly and openly: / He also encircles us / so that not a hair [on our heads] is lost. / On this [truth] I will remain, / I tell you truly." (Translation from Oettinger 2003, 74)