Babylonian and Assyrian Literature eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 377 pages of information about Babylonian and Assyrian Literature.

[Footnote 3:  The Assyrian adds; “the first-born supreme.”]

[Footnote 4:  In the Accadian text, “they knew not.”]

[Footnote 5:  In the Accadian, “cause the foot to dwell.”]

[Footnote 6:  In the Assyrian, “learned.”]

[Footnote 7:  In the Accadian text, Merodach, the mediator and protector of mankind, is called “protector of the covenant.”]

[Footnote 8:  That is, the fire-god.]

[Footnote 9:  Hea, the god of the waters, was the father of Merodach, the sun-god.]

[Footnote 10:  “Eridu,” the “Rata” of Ptolemy, was near the junction of the Euphrates and Tigris, on the Arabian side of the river.  It was one of the oldest cities of Chaldea.]


35 Those seven in the earth were born, 36 those seven in the earth grew up. 37 The forces of the deep for war[1] have drawn near. 38 Go, my son Merodach! 39 (for) the laurel, the baleful tree that breaks in pieces the
40 the name whereof Hea remembers in his heart. 41 In the mighty enclosure, the girdle of Eridu which is to
    be praised,
42 to roof and foundation may the fire ascend and to (work)
    evil may those seven never draw near.
43 Like a broad scimitar in a broad place bid (thine) hand
    rest; and
44 In circling fire by night and by day[2] on the (sick) man’s
    head may it abide.
45 At night mingle the potion and at dawn in his hand let
    him raise (it).
46 In the night a precept[3] in a holy book,[4] in bed, on the
    sick man’s head let them place.[5]
47 The hero (Merodach) unto his warriors sends:  48 Let the Fire-god seize on the incubus. 49 Those baleful seven may he remove and their bodies may
    he bind.
50 During the day the sickness (caused by) the incubus (let
    him) overcome.
51 May the Fire-god bring back the mighty powers to their
52 May Nin-ci-gal [6] the wife of (Hea) establish before her the
    bile (of the man).
53 Burn up the sickness[7] ... 54 May Nin-akha-kuddu [8] seize upon his body and abide upon
    his head,
55 according to the word of Nin-akha-kuddu, 56 (in) the enclosure of Eridu. 57 (In) the mighty girdle of the deep and of Eridu may she
    remember his return (to health).
58 In (her) great watch may she keep (away) the incubus
    supreme among the gods (that is) upon his head, and in
    the night may she watch him.
59 (By) night and day to the prospering hands of the Sun-god
    may she intrust him.


60 (In) Eridu a dark pine grew, in a holy place it was planted. 61 Its (crown) was white crystal which toward the deep spread. 62 The ... [9] of Hea (was) its pasturage in Eridu, a canal
    full (of waters).
63 Its seat (was) the (central) place of this earth.[10] 64 Its shrine (was) the couch of mother Zicum. [11] 65 The ...[12] of its holy house like a forest spread its shade;
    there (was) none who within entered not.
66 (It was the seat) of the mighty the mother, begetter of Anu.[13] 67 Within it (also was) Tammuz.[14]

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