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Dispute between a man and his Ba


Death is before me today:
like the recovery of a sick man,
like going forth into a garden after sickness.

Death is before me today:
like the odor of myrrh,
like sitting under a sail in a good wind.

Death is before me today:
like the course of a stream;
like the return of a man from the war-galley to his house.

Death is before me today:
like the home that a man longs to see,
after years spent as a captive.

From ”Dialogue of a Misanthrope with His Soul” (ca 2000 BC), now called ”Dispute between a man and his Ba,”

For J

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