March 2014        

The Victorious General

Anonymous, Egypt, c. 2300 BC
(Translated from the German by Jenny Farrell
)

The army returned victorious,
after it had pillaged the land of the Bedouin.
The army returned victorious,
after it had laid waste the land of the Bedouin.
The army returned victorious,
after it had destroyed their battlements.
The army returned victorious,
after it had felled their fig trees and vines.
The army returned victorious,
after it had torched their huts.
The army returned victorious,
after it had eliminated the legions of the enemy.
The army returned victorious,
after it had captured many prisoners.

His Majesty praised me greatly for this.

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