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

By Miriam Lichtheim

Chronologically prepared translations of old Egyptian writings shed gentle upon the advance of numerous literary types. Bibliogs.

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That you will not fall behind one like you, I 0 whom the same has happened. ______. 45 26. (388) Don't oppose a great man's action, Don't vex the heart of one who is burdened; If he gets angry at him who foils him, The ka l 6 will part from him who loves him. Yet he is the provider along with the god, What he wishes should be done for him. When he turns his face back to you after raging , There wi1l be peace from his ka; If you are angered by a misdeed Lean. our overseer from the palace; , I hen your house will end ure in its wealth , THE OLD KINGDOM ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE Your rewards in their right place.

540 = 16,5) Useful is hearing to one who hears, Hearing is better than all else, It creates good will. How good for a son to grasp his fathe r's words, He will reach old age through them . He who hears is beloved of god, He whom god hates does not hear. f" Man's heart is his life-prosperity-health l The hearer is one who hears what is said, He who loves to hear is one who does what is said. " The hearer of whom this is said, He is well-endowed And honored by his father; H is remembrance is in the mouth of the living, Those on earth and those who will be.

Ieh • 5. " 6. Literally, "Do not let your heart be big. -ib "big-hearted " in the sense of proud, arrogant, an" wr-ib "great:hearted," in ilie sense of "high-minded, magn~mo~. , 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.

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