Stela of Ipui: Prayer to Hathor

The inscription written on the front and back of a stela (Wien Env. Nr. 8390) of a man named Ipui, a craftsman from Thebes:

Giving praise to Hathor, who lives in Thebes
Kiss the earth for […] in all her forms.

May I pray to her
for the greatness of her name,
for the strength of her striking power.
Love of her is in the hearts of the people.
Her beauty is with the gods.
The ennead shall come to her, bowing down for the greatness of her eminence.
It was on the day that I saw (her) beauty —
my mind was spending the day in celebration thereof —
that I beheld the Lady of the Two Lands in a dream and she placed joy in my heart.

Then I was revitalized with her food;
without that one would say, “Would that I had, would that we had!”
He […]
[…] festival[?]
that which gives teaching to […]
[…] pure food[?]

by the servant in the Place of Truth
Ipui, the Justified, says:

[…] solve the problem
The wonders of Hathor, (which she] did, should be related [to the] ones who don’t know it and the ones who do know it.
A generation should tell a generation how beautiful {…]
[…] her face to the sky.
One is bathed and inebriated by the vision of her.
Her father, Amun, shall listen to all her petitions peace […]
[… wh]en he rises, carrying her beauty.
He made lapis lazuli for her hair and gold for her limbs.
The Two Banks of Horus were made for her that the god [mother(?)] may prepare […]
|…] the land to its limits, because love of her is so great her brow shall bind with the beauty of his beloved face […]

Quoted from: “Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World”, edited by Scott Noegel, Joel Walker Walker; “The Open Portal: Dreams and Divine Power in Pharaonic Egypt” by Kasia Szpakowska

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