[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 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
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
44 In circling fire by night and by day 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 in a holy book, in bed, on the
sick man’s head let them place.
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
50 During the day the sickness (caused by) the incubus (let
51 May the Fire-god bring back the mighty powers to their
52 May Nin-ci-gal  the wife of (Hea) establish before her the
bile (of the man).
53 Burn up the sickness ... 54 May Nin-akha-kuddu  seize upon his body and abide upon
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 ...  of Hea (was)
its pasturage in Eridu, a canal
full (of waters).
63 Its seat (was) the (central) place of this earth. 64 Its shrine (was) the couch of mother Zicum.  65 The ... 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. 67 Within it (also was) Tammuz.