Hymn to Hathor: devotion of Djehutiemhab (TT194)

The Ramesside official Djehutiemhab, by trade an overseer of the fields of the temple of Amun, engraved in his Theban tomb (TT 194) a detailed description of his intimate encounter with the goddess Hathor. In many respects, his tomb is unique among those of his peers, and this hymn is an example of the originality of texts chosen to appear on the walls of his tomb […]

A hymn of the Golden One, Eye of Ra, who kisses the earth for her ka.
A prayer to her beautiful face, applauding her every day,
[by Osi]ris, the overseer of the fields of the temple of Amun, Djehuti[emhab, the justified.]

[He said:

“I have come] before you, Lady of the Two Lands, Hathor,
Great of Love.
Behold [I…] for your beautiful face,
and I kissed the earth for your ka.
I am a real priest of yours
and I am upon the waters of your command.
I don’t cast aside the speech of your mouth;
I don’t ignore your teachings.
I am upon the path of that which you yourself have given,
upon the road that you have made.
How happy is the moment for the one who knows you;
every one who sees you is praised.
How joyful it is, when the one who enters your shadow
rests by your side!

You are the one who predicted my tomb chapel at the beginning, as it was first decided.
That which you said, has happened;
your plan [is carried out]
and a place [is made] for my mummy.
You will give me old age, and my rest,
while I [am] healthy and satisfied with life,
my eye able to see, and all my limbs complete.
You are one who has spoken to me yourself, with your own mouth—

‘I am the beautiful Hely,
my shape being that […] of Mut;
I have come in order to instruct you:
See, your place—fill yourself with it,
without traveling north, without traveling south’—
while I was in a dream,
while the earth was in silence,
in the deep of the night.

At dawn, my heart was delighted,
I was rejoicing and I gave myself over to the West in order to do as she said.
For you are a goddess who does what she says,
a noble lady to whom one owes obedience.
I have not neglected your speech;
I have not transgressed your plans.
I perform only according to that which you said.
Place your face in order to let me bow down to it.
Reward [with] your beauty
that I may perceive your form within my tomb
in order that I may recount your power
in order to make young men know [of it].”

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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