Signature: Artist's inscription "The Hermit's Beckoning at Jingxi" painted on the Day of Man [7th day of the first month] in the year of xinhai  by Dong Xuanzai at the Baoding Studio [Dong's fancy name is Xuanzai].
The inscription is followed by one seal of the artist.
Colophon by the artist on a separate paper after the painting, dated 1613:
In the year of xinhai I did this for Cheru guanglu (Cheru is the fancy name of Wu Zhengzhi whose official position was guanglu). This year I was summoned from the country to serve in the government; I and Cheru got the same notice. I have already vowed in front of my ancestral tombs not to go, and Cheru also admired the flying geese in the open sky. I used a poem for a friend to inscribe this scroll: "I am like a cloud returning to a mountain, you are like the radiant warmth of the morning sun. Each fits its own origin, why must they be the crane and the gibbon [gentlemen turned into cranes and gibbons after their death on battlefield, according to an ancient tale]? Only the ones wishing to escape from the world are allowed to live out their old age in the Peach blossom Spring". Cheru brought this scroll to visit Jiangmen and frequently looked at it, for he knew that I would not act like Kong Zhigui (447–501) [Kong scorned a prominent man who paraded himself as a high-minded hermit, but actually loved power and wealth].
In the year of guizhou , three days after the mid-autumn day in the 8th month, younger brother sharing the same year of examination, Dong Qiquang from Heating, written abroad a boat at Wuchang.
[Followed by two seals of the artist; also one more of his at the beginning of writing].
Colophon by Wu Zhengzhi dated 1617: It describes the history of his friendship with Dong and their misfortunes in government careers due to having offended the same powerful official, Chen Zhize. Wu was banished in 1608, Dong gave him this painting in 1611, and they were called to serve the government again in 1613. Apparently they declined such offer and considered this painting as a forecast for their future retirement among mountains and streams. Wu ended his colophon by vowing not to be captured by the hunter; "Why wait for the beckoning to become a hermit?"
[Followed by two seals of Wu Zhenghi; then two seals of Weng Tonghe and one seal of Wan-go Weng, (the great-great grandson of Weng Tonghe)].
Wu Zhengzhi (d. ca. 1619), dated 1617, 17 columns in running script
Wen Tonghe (1830–1904), dated 1877, followed by his seal