Not Drinking Palm-Wine
Those who always love wine Will neither inspire fear in others nor retain their fame. Drink no wine, or let them drink Who do not care what wise men think. When a drunkard's glee hurts his own mother, Why speak of the wise? The good lady Shame turns her back to men Addicted to the grave vice drunkenness. It is sheer ignorance to spend one’s substance And obtain in return only insensibility. Slumbers are no different from the dead. Nor alcoholics from consumers of poison. Those who often get drunk in private Will soon become a laughing stock in public. Drop saying, 'I never drank': Hidden secrets will be out when drunk. To reason with one drowned in drink is like Searching with a candle for a man drowned in water. When a drunkard sober sees another drunk, Why does he not note his own damage?