Hymn to Sekhmet-Bast (M.Murray)
HAIL to thee, Sekhmet-Bast-Re, Mother of the gods, Bearer of Wings, Lady of the Anes-cloth, Mistress of the Two Crowns, Only One, Chief one of her father ! the gods did not exist before her. Great one of magic in the Boat of Millions, Holy one appearing on the Throne of Silence, Lady of the Tomb-chamber, Mother in the horizon of heaven, beloved, trampling down evil. Offerings are in thy hand. Thou art standing at the prow of the Boat of thy father to overthrow the foe. Thou placest Truth at the prow of his Boat. Thou art the divine Flame, thou art the great Flame at the prow of the Boat of thy father. Praise to thee who art mightier than the gods.
[Budge, Book of the Dead, Ch. CLXIV]
Verse transcription [by M.Murray]
MOTHER of the gods, the One, the Only,
Mistress of the Crowns, thou rulest all ;
Sekhmet is thy name when thou art wrathful,
Bast, beloved, when thy people call.
Daughter of the Sun, with flame and fury
Flashing from the prow upon the foe ;
Safely sails the Boat with thy protection
Passing scatheless where thy fires glow.
Daughter of the Sun, the burial chamber
Lies in the darkness till thy light appears.
From thy Throne of Silence send us comfort,
Bast, beloved, banish all our fears.
Mother of the gods, no gods existed
Till thou camest there and gave them life.
Sekhmet of the Boat, the wicked fear thee
Trampling down all evil and all strife.
Mother of the gods, the great, the loved one,
Winged and mighty, unto thee we call,
Naming thee the Comforter, the Ruler,
Bast, beloved, Mother of us all.
– Quoted from: Egyptian Religious Poetry, by Margaret A. Murray, 1949