Unsatisfied with wisdom, I went to pleasure next. 

It also lacked enjoyment and failed to meet my test. .

In laughter I found madness. In wine a lack of cheer.

Yet nothing met my quest for a task to keep me here.


The mansion, orchard, garden, the pond and swimming pools,

Though better than my neighbors’, (like me a bunch of fools)

The slaves I bought to feed me, both women and some men,

brought pleasure and excitement, but I gave none to them. 


Image: Jean-Honoré Fragonard – Happy Lovers, 1880  

Source:  Ecclesiastes 2:1-8 

Text:   David Alexander, 2022  CC BY-SA NC 4.0

Tune:   Blomstertid, Public Domain


Audio:  Used by Permission

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