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A balbale to Nanše (Nanše B)

Segment A

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Segment B

1-12. A fish is held in her hand as a staff ……. Fishes are put on her feet as sandals ……. Fishes light up the interior of the sea like fires ……. Fishes play on instruments for her like (?) sur priests. Fishes call out loudly for her like (?) oxen. She has fish wrapped around her body as a regal garment. The runner-fish (kaškaš) hastens (kaš) to her. The gurgur fish makes the sea surge up (gurgur) for her. The flash-fish (ĝir) makes the sea sparkle (ĝir) for her. She heaps up fish spawn so that …… fish will grow for her in the sea. Fishes fly around for her like swallows.

13-22. "I, the lady, will ride on my boat, I will ride home. I will ride on the prow of the boat, I will ride home." Its canopy of gold and fragrant cedarwood sparkles for her on the sea. Its cabin shines for her like rejoicing moonlight on the sea. "My husband is the tax collector of the sea, Nindara is the tax collector of the sea."
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    23. A balbale of Nanše.

Revision history

23.xi.2000: GZ, editor: adapting translation
12.xii.2000: JAB, editor: proofreading
15.xii.2000: JAB, 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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