Holy One

The people of Sumer parade before you. They play the sweet ala-drums before you. The people of Sumer parade before you.

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

They beat the holy drum and timpani before you. The people of Sumer parade before you.

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

They play the holy harp and timpani before you. The people of Sumer parade bfore you,

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

The male prostitutes comb their hair before you. They decorate the napes of their necks with coloured scarfs, They drape the cloak of the gods about their shoulders. The righteous man and woman walk before you. They hold the soothing harp by their sides. Those who follow wear the sword belt. They grasp the spear in their hands.

The people of Sumer parade before you.

The women adorn their right side with men's clothing. The people of Sumer parade before you.

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

The men adorn their left side with women's clothing. The people of Sumer parade before you.

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

The people compete with jump ropes and coloured cords. The people of Sumer parade before you.

I say, "Hail!" to Inanna, Great Lady of Heaven!

The young men, who carry hoops, sing to you. The maidens and coiffured priestesses walk before you. They carry the sword and double edged axe. The ascending kurgarra priests raise their swords before you. The priest, who covers his sword with blood, sprinkles blood, He sprinkles blood over the throne of the court chamber. The tigi-drum, the sem-drum, and the ala-tambourine resound!

In the heavens the Holy One appears alone.

My lady looks on in sweet wonder from heaven. She looks in sweet wonder on all the lands. And on the people of Sumer as numerous as sheep.