Abstaining from wine
With my humble cottage near the town,
I live at leisure and without a frown.
Ii take a seat below the mighty trees
Or take a walk within the gate at ease.
The best cuisine comes from the garden greens;
My kids provide the most amusing scenes.
All my life I never give up wine
Because no drinking is a dismal sign.
I’ll hate to go to bed when it is night
And hate to rise from bed when day is bright.
Day by day I try to give up wine,
But I’m afraid my health will thus decline.
I only think that wine makes me feel good,
But never think that wine does me no good.
Now that I know what is the correct way,
I’ll give up wine indeed right from today.
I shall abstain from wine as my demand
Until I reach the real immortal land.
If I look younger than it now appears,
I’ll keep from drinking for a thousand years.