|~ Rede wenig, rede wahr ~|
|This verse is about living moderately and conserving money which is a way to survive, but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. The verse is transcribed as written on the stein and contains a little dialect from Alsace-Lorraine and possibly spelling errors. The small, blue/gray, salt-glazed stein is ca. late 1800's and the size reflects the conservatism.|
Rede wenig, rede wahr,
was du zehrest, zahla baar.
Speak little, speak true,
what you live on, pay for in cash.
|This same verse is shown below on a stoneware relief stein made by Reinhold Hanke, mold #151, ca. 1900.|
Translation: Roy De Selms|
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