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Nebuchadnezzar and Marduk

When Nebuchadnezzar [the king] dwelt in Babylon,
He would roar like a lion, would rum[ble] like thunder,
His illustrious great men would roar like lions.
[His] prayers went up to Marduk, lord of Babylon,
"Have mercy on me, in despair and pros[trate],*
"Have mercy on my land, which weeps and mourns,
"Have mercy on my people, who wail and weep!
"How long, O lord of Babylon,
Will you dwell in the land of the enemy?
"May beautiful Babylon pass through your heart,
"Turn your face towards Esagila which you love!"
[The lord of Babylon] heeded Nebuchadnezzar [‘s prayer],
[ ] befell him from heaven,
"I command you with my own lips,
"[A word of] good fortune do I send you:
"[With] my [help?] you will attack the Westland.
"Heed yur instructions, [ ]
"Take me [from El]am to Babylon.
"I, [lord of Bab]ylon, will surely give you Elam,
"[I will exalt] your [kingshp] everywhere."
[ ] the land of [ ] and seized [ ] of? his gods

Explanatory Notes:  This epic-style poem recounts in summary fashion the events dealt with in more detail in III..I 5b-d.*Notes to Text: (5) WGL: ú-tu-[lu], confirmed by collation.
Publication:  Benjamin R. Foster, Before the Muses, 3rd edition; 2005, (p. 166)
Source:  H. Winckler, Altorientalische Forschungen I (Leipzing, 1897), 542f
Language:  Akkadian
Medium:  clay tablet
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