Nothing New Under The Sun

Oh, I’m bound downstream on the Memphis ferry
like a runaway, snapping all ties,
With my bundle of old clothes over my shoulder.

I’m going down there where the living is,
going down there to that big city,
And there I’ll tell Ptah (Lord who loves justice):
“Give me a girl tonight!”


– from Ancient Egyptian Literature, John L. Foster, trans.


2 thoughts on “Nothing New Under The Sun

  1. Sounds like something right out of a folk song about the Mississippi!

    • kiya_nicoll says:

      As my sis said when I discovered that bit a few years ago, “You should hear Khnum on the harmonica.”

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