• SAA 03 014




  • Neo-Assyrian
  • Kuyunjik (Nineveh)
  • Literary Work

SAA 03 014. Love Lyrics of Nabû and Tašmetu (TIM 09 54)

o 1o 1

man-nu ana šá ta-kil-ú lu ta-⸢kil

(1) May anyone trust in whomever he trusts; as for us, we trust in Nabû, we are devoted to Tašmetu!

o 22

a-ni-nu a-na dAG tak-la-a-ni

o 33

a-na dtaš-me-tum šur-bu-ba-ni-ma

o 44

ša at-tu-u-ni at-tu-u-ni dAG EN-a-ni

(4) What is ours is ours; Nabû is our lord, Tašmetu is the mountain of our trust! Ditto.

o 55

dtaš-me-tum šad-du-ú ša tuk-la-te-ni* KI.MIN

o 66

a-na ša BÀD a-na ša BÀD a-na dtaš-me-tum qi-ba-niš-ši

(6) Say to her, to her of the wall, to her of the wall, to Tašmetu: "Save (us), sit down in the cella!"

o 77

ma⸣-a eṭ-⸢ri ši-i-bi i-na Épa-pa-ḫi-e

o 88

i-na pa-rak-ki lil-li-ku ŠEM.LI KUG-MEŠ KI.MIN

(8) Let (the scent of) holy juniper fill the sanctuary! Ditto.

o 99


(9) The shade of the cedar, the shade of the cedar, the shade of the cedar, the king's shelter! The shade of the cypress (is for) his magnates! The shade of a sprig of juniper is shelter for my Nabû and my games! Ditto.

o 1010


o 1111

ṣil kan-ni ša GIŠ.LI pu-zar dna-bi-um-a.a mi-lul-a KI.MIN

o 1212

dtaš-me-tum sa-gi-nat KUG.GI ina bur-ki dAG-a.a -la-la KI.MIN

(12) Tašmetu, fondles ... of gold in the lap of Nabû. Ditto.

o 1313

be- an-ṣa-ab-tum šuk-na-an-ni-ma

(13) My lord, put an earring on me, let me give you pleasure in the garden!

o 1414

-⸢reb* GIŠ.SAR lu-lal-li-ka-a

o 1515

d⸣[AG be]-⸢ an-ṣa-ab- šuk-na-an-ni-ma

(15) [Nabû], my lord, put an earring on me, let me make you happy [in the Edu]bba!

o 1616

[-reb É].⸢DUB*⸣.BA lu-ḫa-ad-di-ka-a

o 1717

[x x x x x]-a? ḪAR-MEŠ sa-an-ti áš-kan-ki

(17) My [Tašmetu], I will put on you bracelets of carnelian!

o 1818

[x x x x x] ḪAR-MEŠ sa-an-ti-ka

(18) [......] your bracelets of carnelian!

o 1919

[x x x x x]-la-na a-bat-ti KI.MIN

(19) I will open [......]. Ditto.

o 2020

[x x x x] it*⸣-tu-ṣa-a-ni d.TAR-MEŠ

(20) [......] the goddesses came out

o 2121

[x x x x x] x ki-i GIL

(21) [......] like a mural crown

o 2222

[x x x x x]-⸢x [x x]-⸢bi?⸣-ru-ši-na

(22) [......]... [...] them

o 2323

[x x x x x x x x x x] KI.MIN

(23) [......] Ditto.

rest broken away


r 1r 1

[x x x x x x x] ki ri [x x x x x]

(r 1) [......] ...[...]

r 22

[x x x x x] x šul-pu x [x x x x]

(r 2) [......] tube [...]

r 33

[x x x x] x lu-kil e-te-[x x x x]

(r 3) Let me hold [...], ...[...]

r 44

[la-áš]-⸢kun⸣-ki GIŠ.GIGIR GIBIL- [x x x x]

(r 4) [Let me pro]vide a new chariot for you [......]!

r 55

KI.MIN [ša šá-pu]-la-ki MAŠ. ina EDIN [x x x x]

(r 5) Ditto, [whose] thighs are a gazelle in the plain! [Refrain.]

r 66

KI.MIN [ša ki]-⸢ṣal⸣-la-ki GIŠ.ḪAŠḪUR ITI.⸢SIG₄ [x x x x]

(r 6) Ditto, [whose] ankle bones are an apple of Siman! [Refrain.]

r 77

KI.MIN ša a-si-da-ki NA₄.-ma x x [x x]

(r 7) Ditto, whose heels are obsidian! [Refrain.]

r 88

KI.MIN ša mim-mu-ki ṭup-pu NA₄.ZA.GÌN [x] x [x x]

(r 8) Ditto, whose whole being is a tablet of lapis lazuli! [Refrain.]

r 99

taḫ-ti-ni-ip dLÁL* ina ÉGIŠ.-e te-tar-ba [KI.MIN-ma]

(r 9) Tašmetu, looking luxuriant, entered the bedroom. [Refrain.]

r 1010

te-ta-di-li GIŠ.IG-sa GIŠ.SAG.KUL NA₄.ZA.GÌN ta-sa-kan KI.MIN-ma

(r 10) She closed her door, [putting in place] the bolt of lapis lazuli. Refrain.

r 1111

tar-te-ḫi-ṣi te-ta-li-e ina UGU du-un-⸢ni te-li-a? KI.MIN-ma

(r 11) She rinsed herself, climbed up, got onto the bed. Refrain.

r 1212

ina kap-pi iq-ni ina kap-pi iq--e il-la-ka di-ma-⸢te⸣-[šá KI.MIN]-ma

(r 12) Into a bowl of lapis lazuli, into a bowl of lapis lazuli, her tears flow. Refrain.

r 1313

ina si-gi ša SÍ ú-šá-kal <<u>> di-ma-te-šá-a KI.MIN-ma

(r 13) With a piece of red wool he wipes away her tears. Refrain.

r 1414

am-me-i-šá šá-al šá-al sa-ni-qa-a sa-ni-qa KI.MIN-ma

(r 14) Thither, ask, ask, question, question! Refrain.

r 1515

šu⸣-uḫ me-⸢e-ni šu-uḫ me-ni-⸢e za-na-at dLÁL*-⸢ia? [KI.MIN]-ma

(r 15) For what, for what, are you adorned, my Tašmetu? Refrain.

r 1616

šu⸣-uḫ ša is-si-ka dAG-a a-na GIŠ.SAR la*⸣-[al-li-kam-ma KI.MIN]-⸢ma

(r 16) So that I may [go] to the garden with you, my Nabû. [Refrain.]

r 1717

a-na GIŠ.SAR la-al-li-kam-ma a-na GIŠ.SAR ù [dEN KI.MIN]-ma

(r 17) Let me go to the garden, to the garden and [to the Lord! Refrain.]

r 1818

[e]-dan-nu la-al-li-kam-ma a-na GIŠ.SAR ba-an-ba-nat KI.MIN-ma

(r 18) Let me go alone to the beautiful garden! Refrain.

r 1919

ina bi-rit ma-lik-a-ni GIŠ.GU.ZA-ú-a.a la id-di-u KI.MIN-ma

(r 19) They did not place my throne among the counsellors. Refrain.

r 2020

qa-ta-pu ša in-bi-ka IGI.2-a.a le-mu-ra KI.MIN-ma

(r 20) May my eyes see the plucking of your fruit! Refrain.

r 2121

ṣa-ba-ru ša MUŠEN-MEŠ-ka PI.2-a.a li-sa-am-me-ia u KI.MIN-ma

(r 21) May my ears hear the twittering of your birds! Refrain.

r 2222

am-me-i-ša ru-uk-sa : ṣa-me-da*-a : KI.MIN-ma

(r 22) Bind and harness (yourself) thither! Refrain.

r 2323

UD-MEŠ ru-uk-sa a-na GIŠ.SAR ù dEN KI.MIN-ma

(r 23) Bind your days to the garden and to the Lord! Refrain.

r 2424

MI-MEŠ ru-uk-sa a-na GIŠ.SAR ba-an-ba-nat KI.MIN-ma

(r 24) Bind your nights to the beautiful garden! Refrain.

r 2525

is-si-ia dLÁL*-ia a-na GIŠ.SAR lu tal-li-⸢ka KI.MIN-ma

(r 25) Let my Tašmetu come with me to the garden! Refrain.

r 2626

ina bi-rit ma-lik-a-ni GIŠ.GU.ZA-u-ša-a IGI-u KI.MIN-ma

(r 26) Among the counsellors, her throne is foremost! Refrain.

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r.e. 30r.e. 30

qa⸣-ta-pu ša in-bi-e IGI.2-šá-a le-⸢mu-ra [KI.MIN-ma]

(r 30) May her eyes behold the plucking of my fruit! [Refrain.]

r.e. 3131

ṣa-ba-ru ša MUŠEN-MEŠ-ia PI.2-šá-a li-sa-na-me-⸢a [KI.MIN-ma]

(r 31) May her ears listen to the twittering of my birds! [Refrain.]

r.e. 3232

IGI.2⸣-šá-a le-mu-ra-ma PI.2-šá-a li-sa-na-me-⸢a [KI.MIN-ma]

(r 32) May her eyes behold, her ears listen! [Refrain.]

r.e. 3333

[x] 12 IM mbu-di-lu .A.BA x [x x x]

(r 33) [...] 12. A tablet of Budi-ilu, the scribe ...[...]

Adapted from Alasdair Livingstone, Court Poetry and Literary Miscellanea (State Archives of Assyria, 3), 1989. Lemmatised by Mikko Luukko, 2019-20, as part of the research programme of the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in the Ancient History of the Near and Middle East at LMU Munich (Karen Radner, Humboldt Professorship 2015). The annotated edition is released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license 3.0. Please cite this page as