Inanna's Lament To Enlil

Tablet BM 96679, extract only, from the British Museum

"He has filled me with dismay, he has filled me with consternation, Me, the woman, he has filled with dismay, he has filled with consternation, The mighty one has filled me with dismay, has filled me with consternation, The Lord Enlil, the king of the land, Has filled me, the Queen of Heaven, with consternation, Me, the hierodule of An, the Queen of Heaven , Who destroys all inimical lands, the Queen of Eanna, Who makes the heavens tremble, the Queen of the sacred temple grove, The most mighty one, the queen of stall and fold, Father Enlil has filled me with consternation for my city, Has filled me with consternation in my city Uruk,"

Following a long fragmentary passage with a recurring "Whither shall I go?", the poet continues with a picture of the goddess seated before Enlil in his temple, beseeching him with a persistent demand for an answer to her bitter, plaintive queries:

"I - tell me where is my house, I, the woman who circles the land - tell me where is my house, Tell me where is the city in which I may live, Tell me where is the house in which I may rest at ease. Oh, Enlil, I , who am your daughter - tell me where is my house, I, the hierodule who am your bridesmaid - tell me where is my house, I, the Queen of Heaven, who am dear to your heart - tell me where is my house, Tell me where is my house, my mute, silent house, My house in which a spouse no longer lives, in which I no longer greet a son, I, the Queen of Heaven, am one in whose house a spouse no longer lives, in whose house I no longer greet a son. The bird has its nesting place, but I - my young are dispersed, The fish lies in calm waters, but I - my resting place exists not, The dog kneels at the threshold, but I - I have no threshold, The ox has its stall, but I - I have no stall, The cow has a place to lie down, but I - I have no place to lie down, The ewe has a fold, but I - I have no fold, The beasts have a place to sleep, but I - I have no place to sleep."