Hymn to Heru-Wer…on his birthday…

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HYMN TO THE HORUS-KINGS

“Horus Divine of forms,
He of the Two Ladies,
Divine of births
Horus of Gold, Who has come into being
Dual King KhakauRa (the kas of Ra have appeared)
Son of Ra Sesostris
He has taken up the Two Lands as the one whose words are right and true.

Hail Kha-kau-Ra
Our Horus, Divine of forms
Protector of the Land, extender of its boundaries
He Who defeats foreign lands by His Great Crown
He Who embraces the Two Lands with His action

He Who subdues the foreign lands with His two arms
Who slaughters the enemies of Egypt without a blow of a weapon
Who fires the arrow without the string being drawn
He Whose dread has smitten the bedouins in their land
He whose fear slaughters the nine bows,
whose massacre causes the death of thousands
among the enemies of Egypt who had dared to reach its border.

He who fires an arrow as Sekhmet does,
He fells thousands of those unaware of His Power
The tongue of His Majesty is the restraint on the foreign land
and His commands are what set the bedouins to flight.

Unique and Youthful One Who fights at His border,
Who never lets His workers grow weary
Who enables the Nobles sleep to daybreak,
with His troops in their sleep
because His heart is their protector,
His Laws have drawn up His borders,
His words have assembled the two riverbanks

How the … rejoice, for You have made their offerings flourish
How the … rejoice at Your …, for You have drawn up their border
How the … in the presence rejoice, for You have enlarged their shares
How the people rejoice at Your strong arm, for You have protected their traditions
How the Nobles rejoice at Your activity,
for Your power has firmly protected their prosperity
How the two riverbanks rejoice at Your dread,
for You have extended their domain
How Your recruits at levy rejoice,
for You have caused them to flourish
How the Two Lands rejoice at Your might,
for You have protected their walls

Horus extender of His border, may You repeat eternity.

How great is the King for his city!
He is a million arms, a thousand men are little beside
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is the dam that stops the river at its torrents of water
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is the cool room that allows every man to sleep to daybreak
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a rampart, in the bronze of Shesem
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a refuge, unwavering His hand
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a shelter, rescuing the fearful from his enemy
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a sunshade at Flood, cool in Summer
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a warm corner, dry in Winter time
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is a mountain resisting the storm at the time the sky rages
How great is the King for his city!
indeed He is Sekhmet against the enemies who tread on His border

He has come to us, grasping the land of Upper Egypt,
the Double Crown has joined His head
He has come, He has united the Two Lands,
He has merged the reed with the bee
He has come, He has ruled the Black Land,
He has placed the Red Land in its midst
He has come, He has protected the Two Lands,
He has calmed the two riverbanks
He has come, He has given Egypt life,
He has dispelled its woes
He has come, He has given the Nobles life,
He has given breath to the throats of the people
He has come, He has trampled the foreign lands,
He has struck the bedouis ignorant of His dread
He has come, He has protected His border, He has rescued the oppressed
He has come, … our children, we may bury our old ancestors.

May you love Kha-kau-Ra, alive for ever and eternity …
He Who is ordained to create your sustenance, He Who rescues …
Our Guardian Who knows how to make us breathe, Who is equipped…
May you reward Him with Life and Power and millions of years

Praise of Kha-kau-Ra, alive for ever and eternity …
raising the arm of the captain in the bark …
adorned with electrum more than …
the two riverbanks have … at …
they have … the paths…”

-Hymn to the King Sesostris III (1878/1839 BC)



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