~ Waßerkrug macht alt und klug ~
This is a sensible approach to drinking, but is poetic in German and requires a loose translation to English. The stein is a light relief salt-glazed stoneware stein marked "237" ca. 1900.
Waßerkrug macht alt und klug,
Bier und Wein ein's muß es sein,
trink vernünftig denk auf fünftig.
Drinking water gives one longevity and cleverness,
but one must once try beer and wine,
and drink sensibly and think about becoming fifty.
Translation: Roy De Selms
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