An Ancient Egyptian Poem



During the glory of the 18th Dynasty the kings of Babylon and Assyria sent Thothmes tribute. His people celebrated his greatness in legend and in song. His court poet wrote of him a chant of praise that has been preserved to us, and which served as a model for future generations of Egyptian poets. It says, in part:

"I give thee, said the god, the rebels That they may fall beneath thy sandals, That thou mayst crush the defiant. I grant thee, by my command, The earth in its length and breadth.

"The tribes of the West and of the East Are placed under the power of thy countenance. Thou goest over all strange lands with a gay heart; For there is none who will withstand thy Majesty, I am thy guide and thou tramplest them underfoot.

"Thou hast crossed the water of the great Euphrates, They have heard thy roars echoing in their dens, By thy strength I have deprived them of life. I have granted thee that thy deeds shall sear their hearts, My symbol which is on thy crown shall burn them."






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