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Friday, December 17, 2010

3000 yr old Love Poem from Egypt

Extract from a 3,000 year-old papyrus.
She is one girl, there is no one like her.
She is more beautiful than any other.
Look, she is like a star goddess arising
at the beginning of a happy new year;
brilliantly white, bright skinned;
with beautiful eyes for looking,
with sweet lips for speaking;
she has not one phrase too many.
With a long neck and white breast,
her hair of genuine lapis lazuli;
her arm more brilliant than gold;
her fingers like lotus flowers,
with heavy buttocks and girt waist.
Her thighs offer her beauty,
with a brisk step she treads on ground.
She has captured my heart in her embrace.
She makes all men turn their necks
to look at her.
One looks at her passing by,this one, the unique one.

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33 comments:

  1. Very interesting, I wonder if Egyptian poetry ever rhymed.

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  2. @alfrances i bet it did to them =] in their language.

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  3. sometimes i think my feelings and experiences are unique. occasionally, a long-dead egyptian corrects me.

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  4. I always wondered if ancient people's beliefs were the same as ours.. And as I see in the subject of love - definitely yes.

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  5. Looks like a song's lyric. It's incredible the poetry never changes and never gets old

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  6. "she has not one phrase too many"

    I would love to meet a girl like this ;) (just kidding hah)

    Great blog!

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  7. Aww that such a sweet poem girl! Love these two lines "with beautiful eyes for looking/ with sweet lips for speaking"
    a kiss to ya!
    Lula

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  8. Kind of kills the "Egyptians were Africans" meme.

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  9. man thats awesome...just knowing that it was written that long ago is amazing

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  10. that is so amazing. i love art history kinda stuff <3

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  11. they aren't mine but i want them too!

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  12. Love that poem...that was fun and beautiful all in one.

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  13. Thank you for your comment! This is beautiful! Love how things over 3000 years old can still be used today!
    xoxo

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  14. Lol @ "heavy buttocks and girt waist."

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  15. love this! love art history too :)

    XOXO, BECCA
    http://www.fashion-train.co.uk
    'for all your latest fashion updates!'

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  16. a long neck and white breast... I can't wait to see this dinosaur lady.

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  17. Great poem. Very well expressed. Thanx.

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  18. This is so lovely!

    xo
    Sophie
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  19. I love that post :)))))))

    LOVE
    minnja

    http://minnja.blogspot.com/

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  20. Love it~
    plus the calligraphy is beautiful too!

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    The writing looks awesome. :P

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  22. their Papyrus love has last thousands of years.

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  23. What you wrote what the best thing I've read from a reader! Thank you so much!
    <3
    katerina
    fashionalgorithms.blogspot.com

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  24. never knew the Egyptians were so romantic

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  25. What a stupid ass poem blah blah blah blithery love metaphors nothing no one hasn't heard before.

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  26. Hmm its interesting that even back then we needed to use whatever medium we had to express our emotions for someone we care about. Maybe someday someone will laugh at our old text files from notepad.

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  27. That's amazing that they managed to translate that and what a worthy translation at that!

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  28. this fascinates me
    thanks for sharing

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  29. wow, this is an amazing discovery.

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  30. Thank you for this poem, it made my night! Heavy Buttocks!

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