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A praise poem of Culgi

Segment A

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1-4. Let praise be sung for me that ....... Through weapons an enduring ...... has been established for me like a tower, as I ......, as I rise in opposition .......

5-8. When I am radiant in the holy crown like a brilliance that is renewed daily (?), and the majestic sceptre that amasses abundance has been entrusted into my hands, on my firmly founded throne ...... granted as a gift ...... I lift my head high.

9-12. I am Culgi, the good shepherd of Sumer, and I have always established justice. Like a flood, like onrushing water, I have torn out wickedness as being unclean (?). As much great praise as I have had sung about me -- by the name of Enlil, none is false, and all is true.

13-14. Like a white wild bull .......
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Segment B

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1 line fragmentary Let praise be sung that I have ...... the assembly (?).
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6-7. Let praise be sung, that I have gone across the ...... of the Land. Let deserved praise be sung for me, that in every mouth I have put prudence (?), an attractive quality like .......

8-11. Let praise be sung, that I have shown strength in grappling and wrestling. Let deserved praise be sung for me, that I have ...... in the Land, that I have made a return visit to the shrine Nibru and back along the road to Urim, and have marched a distance of 30 dana.

Revision history GC, editor: adapting translation
12.xii.2000: JAB, editor: proofreading
15.xii.2000: GZ, editor: SGML tagging
19.i.2001: ER, editor: proofreading SGML
19.i.2001: ER, editor: web publication GC/JE, editor/technical developer: XML/TEI conversion

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