by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)
Translation © by Max Mader

Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE HEB
Think no more, lad; laugh, be jolly;
Why should men make haste to die?
Empty heads and tongues a-talking
Make the rough road easy walking,
And the feather pate of folly
Bears the falling sky.

Oh, 'tis jesting, dancing, drinking
Spins the heavy world around.
If young hearts were not so clever,
Oh, they would be young for ever;
Think no more; 'tis only thinking
Lays lads underground.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Patricia Dillard Eguchi) , copyright © 2018, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HEB Hebrew (עברית) (Max Mader) , "אל תחשוב עוד", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 12
Word count: 68

אל תחשוב עוד
Language: Hebrew (עברית)  after the English 
אל תחשוב עוד נער. צחק, שמח. מדוע חייבים ענשים למהר למות? ראשים ריקים, ולשונות מפטפטים מקלים על ההליכה בכביש המחוספס. והראש הנבוב של טיפשות מחזיק את השמיים הצונח. הו! זה צחוק, מחול, שתיה המסובבים את העולם הכבד. אם לבבות צעירים לא היו כה חכמים, הו! הם היו נשארים צעירים לנצח. אל תחשוב יותר. רק מחשבה משכיבה את הבחורים מתחת לאדמה.


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This text was added to the website: 2014-02-17
Line count: 12
Word count: 61