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“The Cheerful Pessimists”

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The Cheerful Pessimists

Dear friends! To hell with sorrow

What does it have to do with youth?

Pessimism is worthless.

Dear friends! Not every day can we laugh.

Off with you, sorrow. Long live joy!

Leap, turn, move!

Throw your pains and bad habits into the

rubbish heap.

We are cheerful pessimists,

Youthful, as light as the wind.

Hurrah to youth, long live joy, and to hell with

All the rest!

Life is fleeting and filled with dangers.

So let us remain united forever.

He who has drained the cup of misery

Will be plagued by fear all his life.

Let joy intoxicate us into forgetfulness

Let us forget our suffering and troubles

Off with you sorrow that stymies our hearts.

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