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The Fowler's Speech

pMoskau 1695 Verso
Middle Kingdom

Beginning of the speech spoken by Hori's son.
There was a fisherman of the southern city named Yuru who was summoned after he had been in the residence (?) of [////]. Never will the seal come into his possession. He [////] on account of (?) his manner of [/////]. One says to all the people [//////] small

pMoskau 1695, Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Source: After the transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website

pButler Verso = pBM EA 10274 Verso
Middle Kingdom

 
- -southern city: Thebes
  O [///], overlord of the land, extensive of [///], wide boundaries, great of shares from the apportioning. May your hand be over your fowlers! Do not let [/////]! Guard against me surpassing the masses who have not attacked on our behalf.
Setting traps is our business since the time of Horus, (and) Sekhet came into being for us. Perform your actions excellently as you have come to know. Behold, our condition is before you.
-Sekhet: goddess of fields and marshlands, protectress of fishermen and fowlers.
The marshland is drained to (become) arable land, there is no leaving there. Its shores are regions under herdsmen of foreign lands. The stillness is under grasslands for bulls. The shelters for those who hide are under the grain of the townsmen. One regards with evil eye what is to be done. One cannot find abundance (?) [////]. The reliable person is in need, the officials (put their hands) on his father's possessions, pleased was one who descended with his seat, his son has abandoned his case in court.
An effective supervisor cultivates the marshland (?) , [?] the clients (?) of his meadow a stranger [///] the supervisors. (As to what) he was ignorant of, it is far from doing the right thing. It is not what the people in the marshes hear. The fowl prostrate themselves before his talons. The loss of courage(?) is under(?) [his (?)] ropes. Be excellent on account of it is under(?) wrongdoing. Performing deeds belongs to the evil person. Snaring with yarns is among them. The pelicans have been dispersed (and) [all the birds (?)]. [/// (?)] the marshland but not in order to bring someone who is not patient. Be happy! You do not allow me to reach [///]. You [///] me in my outings (?).You [///] me after my flooding (?). One has not beaten the back of the fallen enemy. May you tolerate me until the fruition of my case, until you will know the nature of /////. May you protect me [from him who] [robs (?)] my birds. May I become important/heavy/difficult (?) through rising (?). No falcon comes while you have dragged me away. Twist/tie (?) for me [///// hu]t.(?) Throw/abandon [//////]! Behold, I shall be safe and sound [////] because of you. [May you ////// me. Behold, I [//////]....

pBM EA 10274, Altägyptisches Wörterbuch, Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Source: After the transliteration and German translation on the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae website

 


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