By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts came across beautiful written expression in historical Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in historical Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries in which the language used to be forgotten, historic Egyptian literature is a newly stumbled on kingdom for contemporary readers.
This anthology deals an in depth sampling of all of the significant genres of old Egyptian literature. It comprises the entire texts from John Foster's prior booklet Echoes of Egyptian Voices, besides decisions from his Love Songs of the hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of historical Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations catch the poetical great thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled every one piece's composition, making those historic masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An advent to historic Egyptian literature and its translation, in addition to short information regarding the authorship and date of every choice, completes the volume.
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17 10:59 It is you create the new creature in Woman, shape the life-giving drops into Man, Foster the son in the womb of his mother, soothe him, ending his tears; Nurse through the long generations of women to those given Air, you ensure that your handiwork prosper. The Poems 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 30 of 298 When the new one descends from the womb to draw breath the day of his birth, You open his mouth, you shape his nature, and you supply all his necessities. vi Hark to the chick in the egg, he who speaks in the shell!
The Poems 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 54 of 298 But your loving me slows my going, tangled, I cannot work free. Love, let me go, nets of my own need untying! And what am I going to tell Mother? Each day’s end returning to her Bent double under my catch . . Haiee! no tripping the snarelines today! Wild goose, I hear your call, I’m captive, taken by love of you! III The wild goose bursts into ﬂight, then settles beating his wings in distraction, Mischiefmaker tearing the meshes, scourge of the birdcote.
Vii How various is the world you have created, each thing mysterious, sacred to sight, O sole God, beside whom is no other! You fashioned earth to your heart’s desire, while you were still alone, Filled it with man and the family of creatures, each kind on the ground, those who go upon feet, he on high soaring on wings, The far lands of Khor and Kush, and the rich Black Land of Egypt. 17 10:59 And you place each one in his proper station, where you minister to his needs; A N C I E N T E G Y P T I A N L I T E R AT U R E 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 31 of 298 Each has his portion of food, and the years of life are reckoned him.
Ancient Egyptian literature : an anthology by John L. Foster