945 BC: Shine Thou with Thy Beams of Light

25.3.32

A HYMN OF PRAISE TO RĀ WHEN HE RISETH IN THE EASTERN PART OF HEAVEN.

Those who are in his train rejoice, and lo! Osiris Aāi victorious, saith: “Hail, thou Disk, thou lord of rays, who risest on the horizon day by day! Shine thou with thy beams of light upon the face of Osiris Ani, who is victorious; for he singeth hymns of praise unto thee at dawn, and he maketh thee to set at eventide with words of adoration. May the soul of Osiris Ani, the triumphant one, come forth with thee into heaven, may he go forth in the Mātet boat. May he come into port in the Sektet boat, and may he cleave his path among the never-resting stars in the heavens. (E. A. Wallis Budge, trans.)

“Book of the Dead” Papyrus of Gautsoshen (ca. 1000–945 B.C.) “Found inside Gautsoshen’s Osiris figure…this papyrus contains Chapter 15 of the Book of the Dead, a hymn adoring the sun god, Re. The vignette on the right shows the deceased pouring a libation to Osiris and Isis” (source).

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