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Prayer to Thoth

(Anastasi Papyrus)

 

Come to me, Thoth, O noble ibis,

O god who loves Khmun;

O letter-writer of the Ennead,

Great one who dwells in Un!

 

Come to me and give me counsel,

Make me skillful in your calling;

Better is your calling than all callings,

It makes (men) great.

 

He who masters it is found fit to hold office,

I have seen many whom you have helped;

They are (now) among the Thirty,

They are strong and rich through your help.

 

You are he who offers counsel,

Fate and Fortune are with you,

Come to me and give me counsel,

I am a servant of your house.

 

Let me tell of your valiant deeds,

Wheresoever I may be;

Then the multitudes will say:

“Great are they, the deeds of Thoth!“

 

Then they’ll come and bring their children,

To assign them (to) your calling,

A calling that pleases the lord of strength,

Happy is he who performs it!