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A hymn to Asarluhi (Asarluhi XA): translation

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...... new ....... ...... august words. Enki has named you with the name Id-lu-rugu (i.e. River of the ordeal, an epithet of Asarluhi), the sublime course ....... You cleanse the just man like gold, and you hand over the wicked to extinction.

12-19Nourished on the good milk of intelligence, advice and reason, his voice resounds loudly. August sage, firstborn son of Enki, he gives ...... to all who are born. Profoundly intelligent, as wise as his father, possessed of understanding, Asarluhi penetrates everything. Nothing ...... him. Lordly son of the abzu, endowed with holy wisdom, he is Marduk, the bringer of counsel. Tall in stature, he can survey all the divine powers of heaven and earth.

20-28Son endowed with a broad understanding, whose movement is that of an animal with large horns in the reed-beds; Asarluhi, mighty deluge determining great fates, unleashed and knowing no course whatsoever! When great An shared out the divine powers for heaven and earth, incantations fell to your lot. Scanning all mankind with a glance, god of benign features, with an attractive physique; most skilled metalworker, creating masterpieces; counsellor and judge, whose word in the august sanctuary is unalterable and whose character is sublime: I shall exalt him in song and glorify his name.

29-36Eloquent one of the abzu, great minister of Eridug, lordly Asarluhi! The enkum and ninkum priests, the abgal and abrig priests, the ...... priestesses and the ...... all pay attention when you open your holy mouth. Daily as they go forth, they circumambulate (?) you. Cleansing the purification rites with pure hands and pure tread, holy in every respect, you are the supervisor of the purification priests of E-abzu.

37-41Kuara, the beloved city which you have chosen in your heart, lives in joy because of you. The generous-hearted Prince (Enki) named you with the name Asarluhi.
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Revision history

16.viii.1999-25.x.1999 : JAB : adapting translation
02.xi.1999 : GZ : proofreading
02.xi.1999 : GZ : SGML tagging
14.i.2000 : ER : proofreading SGML
14.i.2000 : ER : converting to HTML 4.0
7.ix.2001 : ER : header and footer reformatted; substantive content of file not changed