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Letter from Aba-indasa to Culgi about his neglect -- a composite transliteration
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1 - lugal-ju10-ra ù-na-dug4
2 - mác hur-saj-já á sag9-sag9-ju10
3 - ance-kur hur-saj-já umbin hu-rí-in(mušen)-na
4 - jicnimbar ki sikil-e mú-a zú-lum za-gìn lá-ju10-úr
5 - ù-ne-dè-tah
6 - a-ba-in-da-sá ugula érín aga-ús kécé
7 - cudux(KA.CU)ud lugal-la-na-ta cag4 lugal-la-na dùg-dùg-ge-ra
8 - árád-zu na-ab-bé-a
9 - kalag-ga-me-en lugal-ju10 ga-ab-ús aga-ús-zu hé-me-en
10 - inim-ma-zu ra-gaba-zu hé-me-en igi tuku igi-ni-cè ga-gub
11 - gub-ba jisal mu-un-sig10-ge
12 - a gub-ba a-a gub-ba a mu-un-da-ak-e
12A - dumu gub-ba ce mu-un-sig10-ge
12B - (X) X mu-un-zalag-ge
13 - tum9 gub-ba ce mu-un-da-lá-e IM mu-da-ak-e
14 - dub-sar-me-en na-dù-a ab-sar-re-en
14A - inim ugnim-ma mu-
15 - inim pu-úh-ru-um-ma cub-ba èd-dè-bi mu-un-da-sig10-ge
15A - inim sag9-ge gaba-ri X
16 - jic-gin7 tir-já mu-un-dù-nam mu-dur7-re im-gam-e
17 - gu-za-já mu-un-da-lá-a cu-ju10 éc im-ma-an-lá
18 - iri-já túg dan6-na-a mu-ni-mur10-ra túg-mu-dur7-ra ba-an-mur10
19 - lag-e a mi-ni-in-tu5-a sahar igi-já ba-e-DU
20 - ur-e ad6 íb-gu7 gaba-bi íb-zi-zi
21 - ucumgal-e saj jic íb-ra-ra ka-ta ab-taka4 ì-íb-taka4
22 - jic-gi izi íb-gu7 íd ì-tuku-tuku
23 - (d)utu ì un-gu7 ga un-gu7 bancur ùkùr-ra-cè cu-ni íb-ci-tùm
23A - zi-ju10 ba-e-i cu-ju10 ha-za-a-ab
23B - dumu nu-mu-un-su-me-en la-ba-an-tuku
24 - já-a me-na-àm cag4 (d)cul-gi lugal-já ki-bi ha-ma-gi4-gi4
24A - lugal-ju10 ki ama-ju10-cè hé-em-mi-ib-gi4-gi4
1-8 - Say to my lord, and repeat to my kid of the mountains, with beautiful horns; to my horse of the mountains, with an eagle's claws; my date-palm, growing on untouched ground and with fresh (?) dates hanging from it: this is what the captain of pledged troops soldiers , Aba-indasa -- who, by means of prayers for his king, greatly pleases his king's heart -- your servant, says:
9-10 - You are mighty, my lord; I will follow you let me be your soldier ! Let me be the courier of your business I will stand (?) before him attentively !
11-13 - When a boat is available, I will steer (?) with the rudder; when water is available when a father is available , I will plunge in; when a son is available, I will thresh (?); I will make shiny; when wind is available, I will winnow I will .
14-15 - I am a scribe and I write on stelae. business concerning the troops. I will business which has been neglected in the assembly, when it . business which makes good equal.
16-19 - But like a tree planted in riverine thickets, I am bowed down in dirt. They have bound a rope around my hands, on my chair where they have tied me. In my city, where I would wear clean clothes, I am clothed instead in mourning dress. When I wash away clods of soil, dust still gets into my eyes.
20-23 - Dogs devour corpses, lifting their chests. When dragons kill, what is left from their mouths is put aside. Fire consumes reedbeds even though they have waterways. Utu, who eats butter, who eats cream, nevertheless touches the table of the poor. Grant me my life and hold my hands! I am a son of a widow, and I have no one to take care of me.
24 - As for me, when will the heart of Culgi, my lord, be restored to me? May my lord attend to me and restore me to my mother.
lugal noun king
dug4 verb to say
mác noun (kid) goat
hur-saj noun mountain (range)
á noun arm
sag9 verb to be good
ance-kur-ra noun horse
hur-saj noun mountain (range)
umbin noun horny outgrowth
hú-rí-ín noun eagle
jicnimbar noun date palm
ki noun place
sikil verb to be pure
verb to grow
zú-lúm noun date
zà-gìn noun lapis lazuli
verb to hang
tah verb to add
á-bá-ín-dá-sá noun Aba-indasa
ugula noun overseer
érín noun group of people
ágá-ús noun type of soldier
noun tooth
kécé verb to bind
cùdù noun prayer
lugal noun king
cag4 noun heart
lugal noun king
dùg verb to be good
arad noun slave
dug4 verb to say
kalag verb to be strong
lugal noun king
ús verb to be adjacent
ágá-ús noun type of soldier
me verb to be
inim noun word
ra-gaba noun rider
me verb to be
igi noun eye
tuku verb to have
igi noun eye
gub verb to stand
noun boat
gub verb to stand
jisal noun oar
sig10 verb to place
a noun water
gub verb to stand
a-a noun father
gub verb to stand
a noun water
ak verb to do
dumu noun child
gub verb to stand
ce noun barley
sig10 verb to place
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zalag verb to be shining
tum9 noun wind
gub verb to stand
ce noun barley
verb to hang
IMIM
ak verb to do
dub-sar noun scribe
nà-dù-à noun stele
sar verb to write
inim noun word
ugnim noun troops
inim noun word
pú-úh-rú-úm noun assembly
cub verb to fall
èd verb to go down or up
sig10 verb to place
inim noun word
sag9 verb to be good
gaba-ri noun equal
XX
jic noun tree
tir noun forest
verb to erect
mu-dur7 noun dirt
gam verb to bow down
gu-za noun chair
noun person
verb to hang
cu noun hand
éc noun rope
verb to hang
iri noun town
túg noun garment
dàn verb to be clean
mur10 verb to dress
túg-mú-dúr7-rá noun dirty textile
mur10 verb to dress
lag noun lump
a noun water
tu5 verb to wash
sahar noun earth
igi noun eye
DU verb DU
ur noun dog
ad6 noun corpse
gu7 verb to eat
gaba noun chest
zìg verb to rise
ucumgal noun type of serpent
saj noun head
jic noun tree
ra verb to beat
ka noun mouth
taka4 verb to leave behind
taka4 verb to leave behind
jic-gi noun reedbed
izi noun fire
gu7 verb to eat
íd noun watercourse
tuku verb to have
utu noun Utu
ì noun fatty substance
gu7 verb to eat
ga noun milk
gu7 verb to eat
bancur noun (offering) table
ùkùr verb to be poor
cu noun hand
de6 verb to carry
zi noun life (breath)
i verb to bring out
cu noun hand
ha-za verb to hold
dumu noun child
nu-mu-un-su noun widow
noun person
tuku verb to have
jé6 pronoun I
me-na adv when
cag4 noun heart
cul-gi noun Culgi
lugal noun king
ki noun place
gi4 verb to return
lugal noun king
ki noun place
ama noun mother
gi4 verb to return