by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Trunken müssen wir alle sein!
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): CAT ENG FRE HUN ITA
Trunken müssen wir alle sein!
Jugend ist Trunkenheit ohne Wein;
Trinkt sich das Alter wieder zu Jugend,
So ist es wundervolle Tugend.
Für Sorgen sorgt das liebe Leben,
Und Sorgenbrecher sind die Reben.

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  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Salvador Pila) , copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Malcolm Wren) , "Drunk! We all ought to be drunk!", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , copyright © 2013, (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: 6
Word count: 33

Ivres, nous devons tous être !
Language: French (Français)  after the German (Deutsch) 
Ivres, nous devons tous être !
La jeunesse est l'ivresse sans le vin ;
Si le grand âge boit pour retrouver la jeunesse,
C'est une vertu merveilleuse.
Pour les soucis la chère vie y veille,
Et la vigne est là pour chasser les soucis.

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This text was added to the website: 2011-01-18
Line count: 6
Word count: 44