Hymn of the Righteous Sufferer

(ca. 1770–600 BCE)

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Tablet I

1. I will praise the lord of Wisdom, solicitous god,

2. Furious in the night, calming in the daylight;

3. Marduk! lord of wisdom, solicitous god,

4. Furious in the night, calming in the daylight;

5. Whose anger engulfs like a tempest,

6. Whose breeze is sweet as the breath of morn

7. In his fury not to be withstood, his rage the deluge,

8. Merciful in his feelings, his emotions relenting.

9. The skies cannot sustain the weight of his hand,

10. His gentle palm rescues the moribund.

11. Marduk! The skies cannot sustain the weight of his hand,

12. His gentle palm rescues the...