January 28, 2011

Song for Wesir

Posted in Wesir at 12:41 pm

Song for Wesir
© 2011 Natalie Baan

Night sun for the Akhu,
shining in the Duat,
splendid in Iaru —
hear our prayers, great Wesir!
You Who dwell in Abdju,
sovereign of the Two Lands
smile on those who love You —
hear our prayers, great Wesir!

Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us,
beautiful of face, master of love!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us —
Wesir! Wesir!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us,
bull of the Two Sisters, beloved!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us —
Wesir! Wesir! Wesir!

Gracious, gentle ruler,
Prince of the Pesedjet,
send the flooding river —
grant us life, great Wesir!
Greater than Your mother,
from the house of Serqet
You rise like a pillar —
grant us life, great Wesir!

Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us,
with alabaster skin, hair of turquoise!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us —
Wesir! Wesir!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us,
come into Your house, beautiful boy!
Aset and Nebt-het sing, Come to us —
Wesir! Wesir! Wesir!


Notes: Written in November 2010. Iaru: the Field of Reeds in the Duat, the location of the afterlife. Abdju: Abydos, the sacred city that’s home to the Great Temple of Wesir. Pesedjet: the Ennead, the nine great gods of Heliopolis. Greater than Your mother/from the house of Serqet: derived from traditional epithets of Wesir (“Mightier than his mother,” “He who dwells in the house of Serqet”; the latter is possibly an astrological reference). Aset and Nebt-het sing…: the choruses derive heavily from the Lamentations of Aset and Nebt-het, translated in T. Siuda, The Ancient Egyptian Prayerbook.