Sumerian poetry

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)

First published on March 4th, 2009 at 5:10 pm