~ O schöne Zeit, o sel'ge Zeit ~
This translation is a little more poetic and refers to those distant times "Im Maien" (in May) when all young hearts turn to thoughts of love. Also see translation: Im Maien. The 2.5 L, pottery, relief stein made by Girmscheid is marked 188A, ca. 1900. The text is from a song written by German composer Carl Götze (1836-1887) 
O schöne Zeit,
o sel'ge Zeit
wie liegst du fern,
wie liegst du weit!
Oh lovely time,
oh blessed time.
How far thou art,
How distant thou art!
Translation: Les Hopper compilation II
Photo credit: Andre Ammelounx - The Stein Auction Co.