Hymn to Shu-Sin

from Kramer's the Sumerians

Sung by priestess to King Shu-Sin on a festival at New Year's day

Bridegroom, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet, Lion, dear to my heart, Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.

You have captivated me, let me stand trembling before you, Bridegroom, I would be taken by you to the bedchamber, You have captivated me, let me stand trembling before you. Lion, I would be taken by you to the bedchamber.

Bridegroom, let me caress you, My precious caress is more savoury than honey, In the chamber, honey filled, Let me enjoy your goodly beauty, Lion, let me caress you, My precious caress is more savoury than honey.

Bridegroom, you have taken your pleasure of me, Tell my mother, she will give you delicacies, My father, he will give you gifts.

Your spirit, I know where to cheer your spirit, Bridegroom, sleep in our house until dawn, Your heart, I know where to gladden your heart, Lion, sleep in our house until dawn.

You, because you love me, Give me, pray, your caresses, My lord god, my lord protector, My Shu-Sin, who gladdens Enlil's heart, Give me, pray, of your caresses.