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The debate between Date Palm and Tamarisk

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1-10. The Tamarisk opened his mouth and spoke. He addressed the Date Palm: "My body …… the bodies of the gods. (The reference is to statues of tamarisk wood.) You grow your fruits but someone places them before me like a maid approaching her mistress. You do not provide the measuring vessels. You are …… minor crops, but I ……. Your attendants …… before me for you."

11-19. In his anger the Date Palm answered him. He addressed his brother the Tamarisk: "You say: "If people build daises for me and beautify them too, they certainly do not swear by the gods before clay (?)." -- You may be the body of the gods in their shrines and people may name with a good name the daises of the gods, but it is silver that can pride itself as the overlay of the gods. ……, describe your beauty!"
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Revision history

09.iii.2000-07.iv.2000: GC, editor: adapting translation
07.x.2000: JAB, editor: proofreading
14.xi.2000: GZ, editor: SGML tagging
25.xi.2000: ER, editor: proofreading SGML
25.xi.2000: ER, editor: web publication GC/JE, editor/technical developer: XML/TEI conversion

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