A song to Ninimma (Ninimma A): translation

The Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature

 

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(gods in blue)

 

SEGMENT A

1-18 You are the seal-holder of the treasury of the …….

You are the caretaker of the great gods, you are …….

3a - nippur ziggurat, Enlil's home on Earth 2e - Enlil's home in Nippur  (E-kur, Enlil’s mud-brick-built ziggurat / residence in Nippur)

Ninimma, you are the lady of all the great rites in the E-kur.

1ae - Enlil, Babylonian 2-enlil-chief-god-of-all-on-earth (King Anu’s son & heir Enlil, Earth Colony Commander)

Lady, you are the …… of Enlil, you are the heavenly scribe.

You …… the tablet of life.

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You, who bring the best corn, are the lady of the E-sara.

The surveyor’s gleaming line and the measuring rod suit you perfectly.

You can hold your head high among the great princes.

You are …….

You are ……, the cherished one.

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……; you are exceptional in wisdom.

…… joy …….

My lady, you were exalted already in the womb; you are resplendent like the sunlight.

You are suited to the lapis-lazuli crown (?); you are the heavenly ……. …… adorned with loveliness …….

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SEGMENT B

5d-nannar-his-sheep-2-unknowns (earthling with dinner approaches Nannar in Ur)

1-11…… like a strong (?) ……. …… of the E-kur …… lady ……. …… the forceful one of Nanna …….

You are profoundly intelligent, one who knows everything.

You are the shining light which fills the exalted sanctuary.

You are she who …… by Enlil.

You are …….

You are …….

You are most apt for the holy susbu rites and lustration rites.

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Ninimma of the holy divine plans, it is sweet to praise you!

SEGMENT C

1You are …….