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Gilgamesh X read by John Huehnergard

A. George, The Babyonian Gilgamesh Epic, vol. 1, p. 278, text OBVA+BM, “Meissner Fragment” read by John Huehnergard

SOAS Podcasts · Gilgamesh X read by John Huehnergard
Original Transcript English Translation
Gilgameš, êš tadâl? Gilgamesh, where are you wandering?
Balāṭam ša tasaḫḫuru lā tutta. You cannot find the life you seek.
Inūma ilū ibnû awīlūtam, When the gods created humanity,
mūtam iškunū ana awīlūtim, They assigned death to humanity,
balāṭam ina qātīšunu iṣṣabtū. Kept life in their possession.
Atta, Gilgameš, lū mali karaška; You, Gilgamesh, let your belly be full;
urrī u mūšī ḫitaddu atta; Day and night be ever joyful;
ūmišam šukun ḫidûtam; Every day arrange joy;
urrī u mūšī sūr u mēlil. Day and night dance and play.
lū ubbubū ṣubātūka, Let your clothes be cleaned,
qaqqadka lū mesi; mê lū ramkāta. Your head washed; be bathed in water.
ṣubbi ṣeḫram ṣābitu qātīka; Gaze at the youngster who holds your hand;
marḫītum liḫtaddâm ina sūnīka. Let your wife ever rejoice in your embrace.