College Paper – I dont get it! Help!

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The Kesh temple hymn: translation

1-9The princely one, the princely one came forth from the house. Enlil, the princely one, came forth from the house. The princely one came forth royally from the house. Enlil lifted his glance over all the lands, and the lands raised themselves to Enlil. The four corners of heaven became green for Enlil like a garden. Kec was positioned there for him with head uplifted, and as Kec lifted its head among all the lands, Enlil spoke the praises of Kec.

10-20Nisaba was its decision-maker (?); with its words she wove it intricately like a net. Written on tablets it was held in her hands: House, platform of the Land, important fierce bull! House Kec, platform of the Land, important fierce bull! Growing as high as the hills, embracing the heavens, growing as high as E-kur, lifting its head among the mountains! Rooted in the abzu (2 mss. have instead: Colourful as the abzu), verdant like the mountains! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

21The first house.


22-30Good house, built in a good location, house Kec, (some mss. add here: good house,) built in a good location, floating in the heavens like a princely barge, like a holy barge furnished with a …… gate, like the boat of heaven, the platform of all the lands! …… from the riverbank like a …… boat cabin! House roaring like an ox, bellowing loudly like a breed-bull! House in whose interior is the power of the Land, and behind which is the life of Sumer!

31-43House, great enclosure, reaching to the heavens, great, true house, reaching to the heavens! House, great crown reaching to the heavens, house, rainbow reaching to the heavens! House whose platform extends into the midst of the heavens, whose foundations are fixed in the abzu, whose shade covers all lands! House founded by An, praised by Enlil, given an oracle by mother Nintud! House Kec, green in its fruit! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

44The second house.


45-57House, 10 car at its upper end, 5 car at its lower end; house, 10 bur at its upper end, 5 bur at its lower end! House, at its upper end a bison, at its lower end a stag; house, at its upper end a wild sheep, at its lower end a deer; house, at its upper end a dappled wild sheep, at its lower end a beautiful deer! House, at its upper end green like a viper, at its lower end floating on the water like a pelican! House, at its upper end rising like the sun, at its lower end spreading like the moonlight; house, at its upper end a warrior mace, at its lower end a battle-axe; house, at its upper end a mountain, at its lower end a spring! House, at its upper end threefold indeed: Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

58The third house.


58A-58Q (1 ms. adds here the following lines: House …… inspiring great awe, called with a mighty name by An; house …… whose fate is grandly determined by the Great Mountain Enlil! House of the Anuna gods possessing great power, which gives wisdom to the people; house, reposeful dwelling of the great gods! House, which was planned together with the plans of heaven and earth, …… with the pure divine powers; house which underpins the Land and supports the shrines! House, mountain of abundance which passes the days in glory; house of Ninhursaja which establishes the life of the Land! House, great hillside worthy of the purification rites, altering (?) all things; house without whom no decisions are made! House, good …… carrying in its hands the broad Land; house which gives birth to countless peoples, seed which has sprouts! House which gives birth to kings, which determines the destinies of the Land; house whose royal personages are to be revered! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

58RThe …… house.)


59-73It is indeed a city, it is indeed a city! Who knows its interior? The house Kec is indeed a city! Who knows its interior? The heroes make their way straight into its interior and perform its oracle rites perfectly. Frisking cattle are gathered at the house in herds. The house consumes many cattle; the house consumes many sheep.
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Those who sit on daises bow their necks before it. It wears a crown to vie with the boxwood tree, it spreads out to vie with the poplar ……; it is (1 ms. adds here: growing) as green as the hills! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

74The fourth house.


75-86House given birth by a lion, whose interior the hero has embellished (?)! House Kec, given birth by a lion, whose interior the hero has embellished (?)! The heroes make their way straight into its interior. Ninhursaja sits within like a great dragon. Nintud the great mother assists at births there. Cul-pa-ed the ruler acts as lord. Acgi the hero consumes the contents of the vessels (?). Urumac, the great herald of the plains, dwells there too. Stags are gathered at the house in herds. Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

87The fifth house.


88-102House positioned over its foundations like a storm, like white bulls standing about on the plain; house founded by the prince, in praise on the tigi instrument! House in whose interior is the power of the Land, and behind which is the life of Sumer (some mss. have instead: it is filled with life); at whose gate is a lion reclining on its paws, at whose gate is the ruler who decides cases (?)! House at whose door is the Great Mountain without adversary; at whose bolt(some mss. have here instead: at whose bar) is a great frisking wild bull (some mss. add here the line: , at whose bolt is a beast …… a man (1 ms. adds here instead the line: , at whose …… is an awe-inspiring lion))! Whose well-founded storehouse is a corner of heaven, a corner of earth (1 ms. has here instead: Whose storehouse established as a household ……); whose terrace is supported by lahama deities; whose princely (1 ms. adds: great) wall …… the shrine of Urim! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

103The sixth house.


103A-103K (1 ms. (which uses a different numbering of the sections) adds here the following lines: House embued with radiance, …… excellence! House ……! Lord Nudimmud in heaven and earth …… brickwork of the Land, brickwork …… grandly in the abzu. Terrace, relaxing abode, …… holy splendour …… of the people! House which is seemly for the foreign lands! Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

103LThe eighth house.)


104-115The holy house whose …… is the shrine, the holy house Kec, whose …… is the shrine; the house whose lords are the Anuna gods, whose nuec priests are the sacrificers of E-ana! In the house the king places stone bowls in position; the good en priest …… holds the lead-rope dangling. The a-tu priests holds the staff; the …… brings the …… waters. The …… takes his seat in the holy place; the enkum priests bow down ……. The pacec priests beat the drumskins; they recite powerfully, powerfully.

116-126The bull’s horn is made to growl; the drumsticks are made to thud. The singer cries out (1 ms. has instead: declaims) to the ala drum; the grand sweet tigi is played for him (some mss. have instead: the sweet tigi is well tuned). The house is built; its nobility is good! The house Kec is built; its nobility is good! Its lady has taken a seat in its ……. Ninhursaja, its lady, has taken her seat in its ……. Will anyone else bring forth something as great as Kec? Will any other mother ever give birth to someone as great as its hero Acgi? Who has ever seen anyone as great as its lady Nintud?

127The seventh house.


128-133Draw near, man, to the city, to the city — but do not draw near! Draw near, man, to the house Kec, to the city — but do not draw near! Draw near, man, to its hero Acgi — but do not draw near! Draw near, man, to its lady Nintud — but do not draw near! Praise be to well-built Kec, O Acgi! Praise be to cherished Kec and Nintud!

134The eighth house.


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Revision history

27.ii.1999-15.iii.1999 : JAB : adapting translation
18.iii.1999 : JAB : minor corrections
8.iv.1999 : JAB : minor corrections
02.v.2000: GZ : proofreading
04.v.2000: GZ : SGML tagging
5.v.2000 : ER : proofreading SGML
5.v.2000 : ER : converting to HTML 4.0
7.ix.2001 : ER : header and footer reformatted; substantive content of file not changed

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