The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature
Catalogues: by date | by number | in full | Website info: navigation help | site description | display conventions | recent changes
Project info: consolidated bibliography | about the project | credits and copyright | links
This composition: composite text | bibliography

Letter from Gudea to his god imploring support: translation

1-2Speak to my god: this is what Gudea, your servant, says:

3-4I am like a sheep who has no reliable shepherd; there is no reliable herdsman to lead me on.

5-6An unintelligent merchant transported me (?) for trading purposes. With a vicious whip he ...... me cruelly like a donkey.

7-9I am noble (?) but do not utter a word, being vigilantly (?) ....... Seven times ...... has not ...... my accomplishments. Seven times my god (?) has not been able to find out about their extent.

10My god, I am not one to be hostile. May you show sympathy towards me once again.

top | composite text | bibliography

Revision history

17.vii.2001-19.vii.2001 : EFH : adapting translation
15.xi.2001 : JAB : proofreading
20.xi.2001 : GC : tagging
23.xi.2001 : ER : proofreading SGML
23.xi.2001 : ER : converting to HTML 4.0