Come In, Shepherd!

Introduction

II.19 Love Songs ©

(return to Old Babylonian Akkadian Literature)

Transliteration and translation

Lines obv. 1-10

1. <i>er#-ba-am-ma re-e-u2 ha#-</i>[<i>ar-mi di&scaron;8-tar2-ma</i>] :: Come in, shepherd! O lover of Ishtar!

2. <i>ma-&scaron;a-am-ma re-e-u2 ha-ra#-am#</i> dinanna# :: Spend the night! O shepherd, lover of Ishtar!

3. <i>e-re-bu-uk-ka a-bi ha-di ka-&scaron;um-ma</i> :: When you come in my father will rejoice

4. <i>um-mi</i> dnin-gal <i>tu-ul-ti-ya-al-kum#</i> :: My mother Ningal will invite you to lie down

5. <i>&scaron;a-am-na i-na ma-al-la-tim tu-mah-hi-ir-ka-ma</i> :: She will offer you oil from an offering vessel

6. <i>e-re-bu-uk-ka sik-ku-ru li-ri-&scaron;u-kum-ma</i> :: When you come in may the doorbolts rejoice over you

7. <i>dal-tum ra-ma-ni-&scaron;i-ma li-ip-pi-ta-[kum]-ma</i> :: May the door open itself up for you

8. <i>at-ta sik-ku-ru i-s,u mi-in ti#-</i>[<i>de</i> …] :: O doorbolt, you hunk of wood, what do you know?

9. <i>mi-nam ti-de e-re-eb ma#</i> […] :: What do you know about my lover coming in?

10. <i>an-nu-u2 a-ra-am a-ra-am na-ah-&scaron;um#</i> […] :: Yes, indeed, I am in love! I am in love! . . .

Lines obv. 11-20

11. <i>kal-bi-&scaron;u u2-ma&scaron;-&scaron;i-ra mi-in</i> […] ::

12. <i>mah-ri-i&scaron;</i> dnin-gal <i>&scaron;u-ri-ba-ni#-in#-ni#-ma#</i> ::

13. <i>i&scaron;-tu mah-ri-i&scaron;</i> dnin-gal <i>i-ru-ba kal-la-sa</i> ::

14. <i>mi-ir-sa im-ma-al-la-tim i-zu-za-nim-ma</i> ::

15. <i>a-na kal-bi u3 re-i ma-ri-is, &scaron;u-nun-dum</i> ::

16. <i>mi-na iz-zu-ru3 u2-bil ub-lam-ma</i> ::

17. <i>il-lik u3 il-li-ka u2-bil u3 ub-lam</i> ::

18. <i>&scaron;u-ul-ma-nu re-e-i ma-ri-is,-ma &scaron;u-nun-dum</i> ::

19. <i>&scaron;a-al-mat um-ma-tum &scaron;a-lim &scaron;ar-rum-ma</i> ::

20. <i>&scaron;a-lim</i> ddumu-zi <i>&scaron;u-da-tu</i> dinanna ::

Lines obv. 21-29

21. x x <i>pu#-t,ur# pu-t,ur &scaron;e-ni-ka</i> ::

22. […] <i>pu#-t,ur# pa-su2-ma-ti-ka-ma</i> ::

23. […] <i>s,u ni-ik-kal na-ah-&scaron;um</i> ::

24. […] x <i>ka na-ah-&scaron;um-ma</i> ::

25. […] <i>na-kar a-a ub-lam</i> ::

26. […] <i>ni-ik-kal na-ah-&scaron;um</i> ::

27. […] <i>ni-za-ar-riq!-ma</i> ::

28. […] x <i>ni na-ah-&scaron;um-ma</i> ::

29. […] <i>ri-gim s,e-ni-ka</i>

Lines rev. 1-12

1. (= 30) […] x <i>ka-lu</i>!<i>-me-ka-ma</i> ::

2. (= 31) […] <i>ri#-gim-ma s,e-ni-ka</i> ::

3. (= 32) […] <i>su#-pu-ra-ni hi-t,i-ma</i> ::

4. (= 33) <i>mu#-un-na-ni</i> BU DU RA LI E MI ::

5. (= 34) MU# NA# RA# RA# <i>ka-mi pa2-ri-<ir?>-ma</i> ::

6. (= 35) <i>ni-bi-&scaron;u mu-un-na-ni</i> BU DU RA LI E MI ::

7. (= 36) <i>ta-ku-u&scaron; i&scaron;-tar a-na qe2-reb su-pu-ri-&scaron;u-ma</i> ::

8. (= 37) <i>pa-&scaron;a</i> NIM-<i>pu-&scaron;a &scaron;u-a-tu ta-az-za-kar</i> ::

9. (= 38) <i>ma-mu ki t,a-bu ma-mu su-pu-ri-ka</i> ::

10. (= 39) <i>mu-ka ha-li-lu ma#-mi-ma tar-ba-s,i</i> ::

11. (= 40) <i>ur-sa-nam re-e-a a-za-am-mur-ma</i> ::

12. (= 41) 3(u) 9(disz) [mu]-&scaron;id#-bi#-im# e&scaron;2#-gar3# <i>ma-ru-um-ma ra-im-ni</i> im-gid2-da <i>ta-qi2-&scaron;um</i> dumu me-me-{d}en-lil2-le PA E2 {d}MUSZ2 ::

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