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ANONYMOUS – The Harper’s song

The Harper's Song for Inherkhawy

I am this man, this worthy one,

who lives redeemed by abundance of good

tendered by God indeed

All who come into being as flesh pass on,

and have since God walked the earth;

and young blood mounts to their places.

The busy fluttering souls and bright transfigured spirits

who people the world below

and those who shine in the stars with Orion,

They built their mansions, they built their tombs

and all men rest in the grave.

So set your home well in the sacred land

that your good name last because of it;

Care for your works in the realm under God

that your seat in the West be splendid

The waters flow north, the wind blows south,

and each man goes to his hour.

So, seize the day! Hold holiday!

Be unwearied, unceasing, alive,

you and your own true love;

Let not your heart be troubled

during your sojourn on earth,

but seize the day as it passes!

Put incense and sweet oil upon you,

garlanded flowers at your breast,

While the lady alive in your heart forever

delights as she sits beside you.

Grieve not your heart, whatever comes;

let sweet music play before you;

Recall not the evil, loathsome to God,

but have joy, joy, joy, and pleasure!

O upright man, man just and true,

patient and kind, content with your lot,

rejoicing, not speaking evil

Let your heart be drunk on the gift of Day

until that day comes when you anchor.

(Translated by J.L. Foster)