By John L. Foster
Poetry, tales, hymns, prayers, and knowledge texts came upon beautiful written expression in old Egypt whereas their literary opposite numbers have been nonetheless being recited round fire fires in historical 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 came across state for contemporary readers.
This anthology bargains an in depth sampling of the entire significant genres of old Egyptian literature. It comprises the entire texts from John Foster's prior e-book 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hot Kingdom and Hymns, Prayers, and Songs: An Anthology of historical Egyptian Lyric Poetry, in addition to formerly unpublished translations of 4 longer and brief poems.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 seize the poetical fantastic thing about the Egyptian language and the spirit that impelled each 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 piece of wood of some sort hit me, and then the ship was dead. Of all those ﬁne men, not a one survived. 17 10:59 Then I was carried to a desert island by a swell of the Great Green Sea. I spent three days alone, my heart my sole companion; I nested in the shelter of a covering tree and hugged the shadows. Finally, I stretched my legs in order to discover what to eat; And I found ﬁgs and grapes there and every sort of tasty greens, And sycamore ﬁgs, and notched ﬁgs, and cucumbers that looked cared for, And ﬁsh, and birds— there was nothing that that island did not have!
Brings you? little man, what brings you? 17 10:59 Then he put me in his mouth and took me to his place of residence And set me down again without ill-treatment: I still was whole—no bites were out of me. He bared his mouth once more— I on my belly on the ground before him— and said: The Poems 6732 Foster / ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE / sheet 38 of 298 ‘‘What brings you? brings you? ’’ This time I told him all about it, my arms raised humbly in his presence, saying: ‘‘I was traveling to the region of the royal mines on an errand of the King 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.
Iv ‘‘I do not see carvers sent on missions or goldsmiths in places where the scribe is sent. But I have seen the coppersmith at work at the entrance to his kiln— His ﬁngers are like crocodile claws, and he stinks more than the spawn of ﬁsh. v ‘‘Any sort of artisan who takes up tools— he is as weary as the hoeman Whose ﬁelds are full of sticks and troubles for the axe; only darkness saves him. He has worked his arms to dropping in his labors, and it is nightfall when he lights his ﬁre out there.
Ancient Egyptian literature : an anthology by John L. Foster