Child Of The Nile Picture

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Thy two wings are spread out like a falcon with thick plumage, like the hawk seen in the evening traversing the sky.

He flies who flies; this king Sekhemket flies away from you, ye mortals. He is not of the earth, he is of the sky. . . . This king Sekhemket flies as a cloud to the sky, like a masthead bird; this king Sekhemket kisses the sky like a falcon, this king Sekhemket reaches the sky like Horizon-god (Harakhte).

Thou ascendest to the sky as a falcon, thy feathers are those of geese.

King Sekhemket goes to the sky, king Sekhemket goes to the sky! On the wind! On the wind!

Stairs to the sky are laid for him that he may ascend thereon to the sky.

King Sekhemket ascends upon the ladder which his father Re (the Sun-god) made for him.

Atum has done that which he said he would do for this king Sekhemket, binding for him the rope-ladder, joining together the wooden ladder for this king Sekhemket; thus this king is far from the abomination of men.

'How beautiful to see, how satisfying to behold,' say the gods, when this new god (meaning the king) ascends to the sky. His fearfulness is on his head, his terror is at his side, his magical charms are before him.' Geb has done for him as was done for himself (Geb). The gods and souls of Buto, the gods and souls of Hierakonpolis, the gods in the sky and the gods on earth come to him. They make supports for king Sekhemket on their arms. Thou ascendest, 0 King Sekhemket, to the sky, Ascend upon it in this its name Ladder.
Over and over again we find the assurance that the double doors of the sky are opened before the pharaoh.

Opened are the double doors of the horizon; unlocked are its bolts.

[The King's heralds hasten to announce his advent to the [Sun] god.]

Thy messengers go, thy swift messengers run, thy heralds make haste. They announce to Re that thou hast come, (even) this king Sekhemket.

This king Sekhemket found the gods sanding, wrapped in their garments, their white sandals on their feet. They cast off their white sandals to the earth, they throw off their garments. 'Our heart was not glad until thy coming,' say they.

0 Re-Atum! This king Sekhemket comes to thee, an imperishable gloriousom, lord of the affairs of the place of the four pillars the sky. Thy son comes to thee. This king Sekhemket comes to thee.

0 Re, am this one of whom thou didst say . . . 'My son!' , father are thou, 0 Re. . . . Behold king Sekhemket, 0 Re. This king Sekhemket is thy son. . . . This king Sekhemket shines in the east like Re, he goes in the west like Kheprer. This king Sekhemket lives on what whereon Horus (son of Re) lord of the sky lives, by command of Horus lord of the sky'.

The king ascends to the sky among the gods dwelling in the sky. He stands on the great dais, he hears in judicial session the legal affairs of men. Re finds thee upon the shores of the sky in this lake that is in Nut (the Sky-goddess). 'The arriver comes !' say the gods. He (Re) gives thee his arm on the stairway to the sky. 'He who knows his place comes,' say the gods. 0 Pure One, assume thy throne in the barque of Re and sail thou the sky. . . . Sail thou with the Imperishable Stars, sad thou with the Unwearied Stars. Receive thou the tribute' of the Evening Barque, become thou a spirit dwelling in Dewat. Live thou this pleasant life which the lord of the horizon lives.
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