~ Ernste Sorgen früh und spat ~
This verse is literally translated and seems to mean that late night drinking sessions are great for handling one's mental and other problems. The large, PUG (printed under glaze) stein is marked with the Mettlach logo and form number 2419, ca. 1900.
Ernste Sorgen früh und spat
drücken den gemeinde Rath
und es wird gar manche Nacht
in schwerer Sitzung zugebracht.

Es wird fort gekneipt - HS
Serious troubles early and late
impress the common remedy
and it happens so many a night
to be brought in serious sessions.

Let's go boozing - Heinrich Schlitt
Translation: Roy De Selms
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