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SENET

Medium-Low or Low Voice and Piano

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TEXT

Ancient Egyptian

TRANSLATION

English

I

Senet nen senuas

Woman with no match,

Nefer her-neb

Most exquisite of all,

Petrias mi sepdet khai

She is like the rise of the Star Goddess

Ma hat renpet nefert

At the dawning of a joyous year.

Shespet aqret webkhet anu

Fair is her glowing skin,

Anet artyy gemeh

Alluring is her gaze,

Benri septas medut

Sweet are her lips as she speaks,

Ben nas khenu ma hau


And discreet are her words.

II

Qat neheb webkhet qebyy

Her neck is long, her breast white,

Khesbed ma-a shenuas

Her hair true lapis,

Gabas her at nub

Her arms more brilliant than gold;

Debauas mi seshenu

Her fingers are like lotus-flowers,

Bedesh pehetas meruati her-ib 

Her curves full, her waist slender;

Da mentyyas neferuas

Her legs display her beauty,

Tu aut khendas her ta

And graceful is her gait.

III

Atas abai ma heptas

Her embrace captures my heart;

Dias set wen neheb tai neb

The necks of all men

Mes-hen na ma-a set 

Turn at sight of her.

Reshut heptyy set nebet

The one who holds her is content,

Su mi tepyy na meryu

He is first among lovers,

Petrati peraset ra ha

And when she steps outside, she seems

Mi tefyet wat

 As the One Goddess.

– Transcription and translation by Dawn K. Williams

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