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
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