Those who crave intoxicating drink each day
Will neither be feared nor famed.
Do not drink liquor. If some wish to, let it be those
Who have no wish for the esteem of exemplary men.
The sight of the drunken man's revelry is unbearable
Even to his own mother. How must it then appear to the wise?
The virtuous damsel called decency will turn her back
On men who indulge in the grievously vile vice called drunkenness.
To spend one's wealth to purchase self-oblivion
Is the result of being oblivious to what constitutes proper conduct.
Those who always sleep are akin to the dead.
And those who constantly drink are like men who have taken poison.
The drooping eyes of those who drink secretely reveal that secret,
Drawing forth their neighbor's endless ridicule.
Stop denying, "I never drink." For next time you drink
The mind's hidden secret will be told, then and there.
One may as well carry a candle underwater to search
For a drowned man as use reason to sober one drowned in drink.
Cannot the drunkard who sees while he is sober the drunken state of
Another realize the shameful degradation of his own drunkenness?
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