I Drank Tea For The First Time

After searching the land
For curative, palliative, preventive
Drinkables for health and for pleasure,

I sampled 72 plants a day
Some days poisoning myself
72 times.

On one occasion
I was lying on my back in the brush
Having taken a poisonous plant,

My mouth open and gasping
A potion dripped from a bush
Into my mouth and saved me.

From that plant
We make

It restored me
And protects me from all contamination.
I am Emperor Shen-nung.