|~ Stich u. Hieb und ein Lieb ~|
|This is a cute little post WWII relief stein marked "Gerz - W. Germany". The scene shows several German Landsknechts, one who is kissing a maiden at an open window. The Landsknechts, were colourful mercenary soldiers who became an important military force in Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries.|
Stich u. Hieb und ein Lieb
muß ein Landsknecht haben.
(A) thrust and a cut and a love
are necessary for a mercenary to have.
Poetic version from Les Hopper Compilation:
Every trooper should have scars
and blows and a sweetheart.
Translation: Roy De Selms/Les Hopper Compilation|
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