Ancient Egyptian Literature: Volume I: The Old and Middle by Miriam Lichtheim

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Chronologically prepared translations of historical Egyptian writings shed mild upon the advance of various literary varieties. Bibliogs.

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33, above. The two lines are very obscure' 402' _JW, see aba's comments. ' 41. ' ,umny 42 .. Spiegel, Hochkultur, p. 677 n, 99, proposed "sprudeln" as the meaning of tftf, and the plant determinative as a reading of Is "old" I ~e tItf. in the similar sense of "chatter," and the plant as no m~re ~ a rmsapphed determinative. 43 .

No strife will occur in the mids t of honors, But where the crocodile enters hatred arises. 17. If you are a man who leads, Listen calmly to the speech of one who pleads; Don't stop him from purging his body Of that which he planned to tell. A man in distress wants to pour out his heart More than that his case be won. (273) Abo ut him who stops a plea One says: "Why does he reject it /" Not all one pleads for can be granted, But a good hearing soothes the heart. 20. Do not be greedy in the division, Do not covet more than your share; Do not be greedy toward your kin, The mild has a greater claim than the harsh.

Of '3 recurs' see G . ', the positive sense. Yet t he pejorative sense , RdE, 16 (19 64) , 37-43· . ided th rrect overall under 7 Faulkner's study of maxims 2-4 provi e co . I 8~ding. g. , the precise meaning of lJrp-ib. I. 77 THE OLD KINGDOM ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE ra, 8. " 9. " "To wash the heart" (I'ib) is to relieve the heart of feelings, be they of anger or of joy. In Peasant, B 205 the hunter "washes his heart" by indulging in the joy of killing animals. When the heart is " washed" it is " appeased ," as in Sinuhe, B 149.

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