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By John L. Foster

ISBN-10: 0292725264

ISBN-13: 9780292725263

ISBN-10: 0292725272

ISBN-13: 9780292725270

Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts chanced on beautiful written expression in historic Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in historic Greece and Israel. but, due to its very antiquity and the centuries in which the language was once forgotten, historic Egyptian literature is a newly found nation for contemporary readers.

This anthology bargains an intensive sampling of the entire significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It comprises all of the texts from John Foster's prior publication Echoes of Egyptian Voices, in addition to choices from his Love Songs of the hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of historic Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations seize the poetical fantastic thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled every one piece's composition, making those old masterworks sing for contemporary readers. An creation to old 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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Well, never mind. You do whatever in the world you want, then; it gets to be a bother, talking to you! 17 10:59 But let me tell you just a little story, a bit like this, which happened once upon a time to me. I was traveling to the region of the royal mines and had descended to the Great Green Sea 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 36 of 298 In a grand two-hundred-foot-long vessel (its width was seventy feet from rail to rail), The crew within it, one hundred twenty of the finest men in Egypt: Let them see only sky, let them see land, braver were their hearts than lions; They could foretell a storm before its coming, foul weather before ever it occurred.

It happened when I could not be there . . all burned . . and I not even with them. I wanted to be dead instead of them after finding them a heap of tangled corpses. 17 10:59 ‘‘If you have courage, steel your heart that you may fill your arms with children, The Poems  6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 40 of 298 And kiss your wife, and see your home. 17 10:59 He laughed at me for what I told him— wrongly, to his way of thinking— saying: ‘‘Yours is no great supply of myrrh though it happens you have incense; Why, I myself rule Punt, the myrrh from there is mine.

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 57 of 298 Why, he’s sending me only a messenger! the one with fast slinky feet Trusted with bedroom secrets . . (I never liked him) . . A mere servant tells me my love’s been a lie! ’’ Whose turn is it now making soft eyes up into his face . . . . o my god, love, What kind of man breaks the heart of a girl with such ever so strange goings on? VIII My heart remembers how I once loved you, as I sit with my hair half done, And I’m out running, looking for you, searching for you with my hair down!

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