~ So wie ein flüchtig Hirschelein ~
It's probably better to relax than to go out chasing rainbows seems to be the meaning of this verse on a Jugendstil (youth style = modern art) stein designed by Franz Ringer and marked with the Reinhold Merkelbach logo, ca. early 1900's.
So wie ein flüchtig Hirschelein
so will das Glück erjaget sein,
ich aber will nit jagen gahn
will lieber meine ruhe han...
Just as a fleeting little deer
so will luck be pursued,
but I will not pursue enthusiastically
as I would rather have my peace.
Translation: Roy De Selms
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