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Sometimes my job is very cool.
Poem from the Ramesside period in Egypt (around 1300-1100 B.C.), translated by John L. Foster:

I was simply off to see Nefrus my friend,
Just to sit and chat at her place
(about men),
When there, hot on his horses, comes Mehy
(oh god, I said to myself, it's Mehy!)
Right over the crest of the road
wheeling along with the boys.

Oh, Mother Hathor, what shall I do?
Don't let him see me!
Where can I hide?
Make me a small creeping thing
to slip by his eye
(sharp as Horus')

Oh, look at you, feet--
(this road is a river!)
you walk me right out of my depth!
Someone, silly heart, is exceedingly ignorant here--
aren't you a little too easy near Mehy?

If he sees that I see him, I know
he will know how my heart flutters (Oh, Mehy!)
I know I will blurt out,
"Please take me!"
(I mustn't!)

No, all he would do is brag out my name,
just one of the many . . . (I know) . . .
Mehy would make me just one of the girls
for all of the boys in the palace.
(Oh Mehy)

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Oh, that is LOVELY!! Some things are universal ;)

-- A <3

This one was a big hit with my class, for obvious reasons! What a fabulous translation, huh?

Isn't he, though? But a hottie, undoubtedly a hottie. ;-)

That is super cool. I'll have to post some medieval poetry here, when I get the impulse (there's actually one poem that I want to illustrate with some doll photos once it starts snowing). I have to send you a message about Eusebia... stand by (not that you need to do anything -- just an update).

Oh, I love doing poem/lyrics photostories, too! I haven't been bitten by the bug in a long time--I think the last one I did was Yum-Yum's big aria from The Mikado. If I had any of the Customhouse Egyptian uniques, I would be photostorying on this one, for sure.

Message just answered! *keeping my fingers crossed*

That is completely brilliant.

So far, this is my favorite discovery in teaching the Early World Lit. survey--it will be hard to top. Though I am looking forward to the days when we look at the death of Atsumori, in both the Noh and Tales of the Heike versions.

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This 'un makes me feel good, too! I wish I knew enough about ancient Egyptian writing to have a sense of just how much of the tone and voice the translation is injecting. Quite a bit, I suspect . . . but what the heck, it's a great poem anyway.

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