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The song of the lettuce: a balbale to Inana and Dumuzid (Dumuzid-Inana E): composite text

1-4He has sprouted, he has burgeoned, he is well-watered lettuce, my shaded garden of the desert, richly flourishing, his mother's favourite (1 ms. has instead:) he is well-watered lettuce; my grain lovely in beauty in its furrows, he is well-watered lettuce; my first-class fruitful apple tree, he is well-watered lettuce.

5-8The honey man, the honey man will make me sweet; my lord, the honey man of a goddess, his mother's favourite, whose hands are honey, whose feet are honey, will make me sweet, whose limbs are honey-sweet, will make me sweet.

9-10Navel! My altogether immediately sweet, my favourite of his mother! Beautiful thighs, raised arms! My ......, he is well-watered lettuce.

11A balbale of Inana.

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Revision history

27.i.1999-08.ii.1999 : JAB : adapting translation
05.viii.1999 : GC : proofreading
16.x.1999 : GZ : SGML tagging
29.x.1999 : ER : proofreading SGML
29.x.1999 : ER : converting to HTML 4.0
7.ix.2001 : ER : header and footer reformatted; substantive content of file not changed