Poem of the Week – Sister Without Peer

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My one, my soul without peer,

Most beautiful of all!

  Rising like the morning star

At the start of a happy year.

Shining bright, fair of skin,

Lovely the look of her eyes,

Sweet the speech of her lips,

She has not a word too much.

Upright neck, shining breast,

Hair true lapis lazuli;

Arms surpassing gold,

Fingers like lotus buds.

Heavy thighs, narrow waist,

Her legs parade her beauty;

With graceful step she treads the ground,

Captures my heart by her movements.

She causes all men’s necks

To turn about to see her;

Joy has he whom she embraces,

He is like the first of men!

When she steps outside she seems like that the Sun!

-Anon

First Stanza,

Beginning of the sayings of the great happiness,

from Papyrus Chester Beatty I

 

Source:  http://www.perankhgroup.com/Ancient%20Egyptian%20Love%20poetry.htm

Image Credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/469570698618221791/

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