By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts came across beautiful written expression in old Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fireplace fires in historic Greece and Israel. but, as a result of its very antiquity and the centuries within which the language was once forgotten, historical Egyptian literature is a newly found state for contemporary readers.
This anthology bargains an in depth sampling of all of the significant genres of historical Egyptian literature. It contains all of the texts from John Foster's prior publication Echoes of Egyptian Voices, in addition to decisions from his Love Songs of the hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of old Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems. Foster's translations trap the poetical fantastic 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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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 59 of 298 The Instruction for Little Pepi on His Way to School The Satire on the Trades i Beginning of the Instruction composed by a man from Silê, Kheti, Duauf’s son, for his son, whose name was Pepi. Now, Kheti was traveling upstream to the Royal City to enroll Pepi in the school for scribes Among the children of the nobles and those most eminent at the palace. — You must give yourself whole-heartedly to learning, discover what will save you from the drudgery of underlings.
And up on his own two feet goes he when at last he struts forth therefrom. 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.
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. Birds, thick as lizards, mill about squawking, and all is confusion. I do not ﬂutter, though caught (singing bird) in invisible net. Lonely, I lift up my call under the weight of my love: This heart is counterpoise to your own.
Ancient Egyptian literature : an anthology by John L. Foster