pages 149-150 from The Myths From Mesopotamia

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Posted by Tony Zango BeitMalo from ( on Monday, February 18, 2002 at 5:30PM :

He experienced all troubles with me,

Enkidu, whom I love so much,

Experienced all troubles with me.

He suffered the fate of mankind.

Day and night I wept over him,

Did not allow him to be buried—

Would that my friend could rise up at my voice!--

Seven days and seven nights

Until a worm fell from his nose.

Since his death I have not found eternal life.

I keep wandering like a bandit in the open country.

Now that I have found you, alewife, may I not find the death I dread.

The alewife spoke to him, to Gilgamesh,

Gilgamesh, where do you roam?

You will not find the eternal life you seek.

When the gods created mankind,

Kept eternal life in their own hands.

So, Gilgamesh, let your stomach be full,

Day and night enjoy yourself in every way,

Every day arrange for pleasures.

Day and night, dance and play,

Wear fresh clothes.

Keep your head washed, bathe in water,

Appreciate the child who holds your hand,

Let your wife enjoy herself in your lap.

-- Tony Zango BeitMalo
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