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A balbale to Inana (Dumuzid-Inana A) -- a composite transliteration
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1 - cec-e nin9-ra na-mu-e
2 - (d)utu nin9-ra na-mu-e
3 - kug (d)inana-ra zid na-mu-e
4 - in-nin9 gu sar-ra hi-li gùr-ru
5 - (d)inana gu sar-ra hi-li gùr-ru
6 - ce ab-sín-na hi-li ma-az dirig-ga
7 - nin9 in-nin9 gada mah-e hi-li ba-e-te-a
8 - (d)inana gada mah-e hi-li ba-e-te-a
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10 - in-nin9 nin9-ju10 gu sar-ra ga-mu-ra-de6
11 - (d)inana gu sar-ra ga-mu-ra-de6
12 - cec cec-ju10 gu sar-ra
13 - a-ba-a ma-e-ri a-ba-a ma-e-ri
14 - gu-bi a-ba-a ma-e-ri
15 - nin9-ju10 ri-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
16 - (d)inana ri-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
17 - cec cec-ju10 ri-a-bi
18 - a-ba-a ma-ab-NU-NU a-ba-a ma-ab-NU-NU
19 - gu-bi a-ba-a ma-ab-NU-NU
20 - nin9-ju10 NU-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
21 - (d)inana NU-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
22 - cec cec-ju10 NU-a-bi
23 - a-ba-a ma-ab-tab-bé a-ba-a ma-ab-tab-bé
24 - gu-bi a-ba-a ma-ab-tab-bé
25 - nin9-ju10 tab-ba-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
26 - (d)inana tab-ba-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
27 - cec tab-ba-bi
28 - a-ba-a a-ba-a
29 - gu-bi a-ba-a
30 - nin9-ju10 ga-mu-ra-de6
31 - (d)inana ga-mu-ra-de6
32 - cec
33 - a-ba-a ma-ab-TUKU5-TUKU5 a-ba-a ma-ab-TUKU5-TUKU5
34 - gu-bi a-ba-a ma-ab-TUKU5-TUKU5
35 - nin9-ju10 tuku5-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
36 - (d)inana tuku5-a-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
37 - cec tuku5-a-bi
38 - a-ba-a ma-DAN-DAN a-ba-a ma-DAN-DAN
39 - gu-bi a-ba-a ma-DAN-DAN
40 - nin9-ju10 dàn-na-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
41 - (d)inana dàn-na-bi ga-mu-ra-de6
42 - cec dàn-na-bi
43 - a-ba-a mu-da-an-nú a-ba-a mu-da-an-nú
44 - gu-bi a-ba-a mu-da-an-nú
45 - za-ra hé-da-an-nú hé-da-an-nú
46 - za-ra nitalam-zu hé-da-an-nú
47 - (d)ama-ucumgal-an-na hé-da-an-nú
48 - gu5-li (d)en-líl-lá hé-da-an-nú
49 - cag4 zid-ta è-a hé-da-an-nú
50 - a barag-ga ri-a hé-da-an-nú
51 - ì-ge4-en
52 - cec im-mi-in-dug4-ga-àm
53 - al nu-ak-àm guru7 dub-dub-ba-àm
54 - ce já-nun-e dug4-dug4-ga-àm
55 - ce-ni ce mah guru7 cár-ra-kam
56 - sipad siki sug4-sug4-ga-àm
1-11 - The brother speaks gently to his sister, Utu speaks gently to his sister, he speaks tenderly to holy Inana: 'Young lady, the flax in the garden beds is full of loveliness, Inana, the flax in the garden beds is full of loveliness, like the barley in the furrows, overflowing with loveliness and delight. Sister Young lady , you took a fancy to a grand length of linen; Inana, you took a fancy to a grand length of linen. I will dig up the plants for you and give them to you. Young lady My sister , I will bring you flax from the garden beds. Inana, I will bring you flax from the garden beds.'
12-14 - ' Brother My brother , when you have brought me flax from the garden beds, who will ret it for me? Who will ret it for me? Who will ret that flax for me?'
15-16 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already retted! Inana, I will bring it to you already retted!'
17-19 - ' Brother My brother , when you have brought it to me already retted, who will spin it for me? Who will spin it for me? Who will spin that flax for me?'
20-21 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already spun! Inana, I will bring it to you already spun!'
22-24 - ' Brother My brother , when you have brought it to me already spun, who will twine it for me? Who will twine it for me? Who will twine that flax for me?'
25-26 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already twined! Inana, I will bring it to you already twined!'
27-29 - 'Brother, when you have brought it to me already twined, who will warp it for me? Who will warp it for me? Who will warp that flax for me?'
30-31 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already warped! Inana, I will bring it to you already warped!'
32-34 - 'Brother, when you have brought it to me already warped, who will weave for me? Who will weave for me? Who will weave that flax for me?'
35-36 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already woven! Inana, I will bring it to you already woven!'
37-39 - 'Brother, when you have brought it to me already woven, who will bleach it for me? Who will bleach it for me? Who will bleach that linen for me?'
40-41 - 'My sister, I will bring it to you already bleached! Inana, I will bring it to you already bleached!'
42-44 - 'Brother, when you have brought it to me already bleached, who will lie down on it with me? Who will lie down on it with me? Who will lie down on that linen with me?'
45-50 - 'There shall lie down with you, there shall lie down with you, there shall lie down with you your bridegroom! Ama-ucumgal-ana shall lie down with you, the companion of Enlil shall lie down with you, the issue of a noble womb shall lie down with you, the offspring of a ruler shall lie down with you.'
51-56 - 'Is it true?-- He is the man of my heart! He is the man of my heart! Brother, he is the man who has spoken to my heart! He does no hoeing, yet heaps up piles of grain; he delivers grain regularly to the storehouse, a farmer who has numerous piles of grain plentiful grain ; a shepherd whose sheep are heavy (?) with wool.'
cec noun brother
nin9 noun sister
noun (loving) care
dug4 verb to say
utu noun Utu
nin9 noun sister
noun (loving) care
dug4 verb to say
kug adj shining
inana noun Inana
noun (loving) care
zid adj right
dug4 verb to say
in-nin noun mistress
gu noun (flax) thread
sar noun garden plot
hi-li noun attractiveness
gùrù verb to bear
inana noun Inana
gu noun (flax) thread
sar noun garden plot
hi-li noun attractiveness
gùrù verb to bear
ce noun barley
àbsìn noun furrow
hi-li noun attractiveness
ma-az verb to swell
dirig verb to be superior
nin9 noun sister
in-nin noun mistress
gada noun linen (fibre)
mah verb to be majestic
hi-li noun attractiveness
te verb to approach
inana noun Inana
gada noun linen (fibre)
mah verb to be majestic
hi-li noun attractiveness
te verb to approach
in-nin noun mistress
nin9 noun sister
gu noun (flax) thread
sar noun garden plot
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
gu noun (flax) thread
sar noun garden plot
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
cec noun brother
gu noun (flax) thread
sar noun garden plot
a-ba pronoun who
ri verb to direct
a-ba pronoun who
ri verb to direct
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
ri verb to direct
nin9 noun sister
ri verb to direct
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
ri verb to direct
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
cec noun brother
ri verb to direct
a-ba pronoun who
NU verb to spin (thread)
a-ba pronoun who
NU verb to spin (thread)
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
NU verb to spin (thread)
nin9 noun sister
NU verb to spin (thread)
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
NU verb to spin (thread)
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
cec noun brother
NU verb to spin (thread)
a-ba pronoun who
tab verb to be parallel
a-ba pronoun who
tab verb to be parallel
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
tab verb to be parallel
nin9 noun sister
tab verb to be parallel
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
tab verb to be parallel
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
tab verb to be parallel
a-ba pronoun who
a-ba pronoun who
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
nin9 noun sister
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
a-ba pronoun who
tuku5 verb to weave
a-ba pronoun who
tuku5 verb to weave
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
tuku5 verb to weave
nin9 noun sister
tuku5 verb to weave
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
tuku5 verb to weave
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
tuku5 verb to weave
a-ba pronoun who
dàn verb to be clean
a-ba pronoun who
dàn verb to be clean
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
dàn verb to be clean
nin9 noun sister
dàn verb to be clean
de6 verb to carry
inana noun Inana
dàn verb to be clean
de6 verb to carry
cec noun brother
dàn verb to be clean
a-ba pronoun who
verb to lie down
a-ba pronoun who
verb to lie down
gu noun (flax) thread
a-ba pronoun who
verb to lie down
za pronoun you (sg.)
verb to lie down
verb to lie down
za pronoun you (sg.)
nitalam noun spouse
verb to lie down
ama-ucumgal-an-na noun Ama-ucumgal-ana
verb to lie down
gu5-li noun friend
én-líl noun Enlil
verb to lie down
cag4 noun heart
zid adj right
è verb to go out or in
verb to lie down
a noun water
barag noun dais
ri verb to direct
verb to lie down
ì-gè-èn adv really
cec noun brother
dug4 verb to say
al noun hoe
ak verb to do
guru7 noun (grain) heap
dub verb to heap up
ce noun barley
já-nún noun storehouse
verb to equal
dug4 verb to say
ce noun barley
ce noun barley
mah verb to be majestic
guru7 noun (grain) heap
cár verb to be numerous
sipad noun shepherd
siki noun hair
sug4 verb to be full