I said in my heart, `Pray, come, I try thee with mirth, and look thou on gladness;' and lo, even it [is] vanity.
Of laughter I said, `Foolish!' and of mirth, `What [is] this it is doing?'
I have sought in my heart to draw out with wine my appetite, (and my heart leading in wisdom), and to take hold on folly till that I see where [is] this -- the good to the sons of man of that which they do under the heavens, the number of the days of their lives.
I made great my works, I builded for me houses, I planted for me vineyards.
I made for me gardens and paradises, and I planted in them trees of every fruit.
I made for me pools of water, to water from them a forest shooting forth trees.