Bridegroom, dear to my heart,
Goodly is your beauty, honeysweet.
You have captivated me,
let me stand trembling before you;
Bridegroom, I would be taken to the bedchamber.
Bridegroom, you have taken your pleasure of me.
Tell my mother, she will give you delicacies;
my father, he will give you gifts.
Dates to approx 2030BC.
“The Oldest Line in the World” (NYtimes 2006)