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By Miriam Lichtheim

Chronologically prepared translations of historical Egyptian writings shed mild upon the advance of various literary kinds. Bibliogs.

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Gardiner, JEA 37 (1951), 109-110. zss. (I, I) The respectful man prospers, Praised is the modest one, T he tent is open to the silent, T he seat of the quiet is spacious.! f Gluttony is base (5) and is reproved. A cup of water quenches thirst, A mouthful of herbs strengthens the heart; One good thing stands for goodness, A little something stands for much. ~ When you sit with a glutton, Eat when his greed has passed; When you drink with a drunkard, s Take when his heart is content. 6 Don't fall upon meat by the side of a glutt~n, (10) Take when he gives you, don't refuse It, Then it will soothe.

F Gluttony is base (5) and is reproved. A cup of water quenches thirst, A mouthful of herbs strengthens the heart; One good thing stands for goodness, A little something stands for much. ~ When you sit with a glutton, Eat when his greed has passed; When you drink with a drunkard, s Take when his heart is content. 6 Don't fall upon meat by the side of a glutt~n, (10) Take when he gives you, don't refuse It, Then it will soothe. H e who is blameless in matters. of food, No word can prevail against him; .

298 = 10, I) If you want a perfect conduct, T o be free from every evil, Guard against the vice of greed: A grievous sickness without cure, There is no treatment for it. _ _ _ _ _ _ . 38 2. " One does not bring supplies to town, One brings friends when there is need . THE OLD KINGDOM ANCIENT EGYPTIAN LITERATURE 23. (350 = II, 5) Do not repeat calumny, Nor should you listen to it, It is the spouting of the hot-bellied. Report a thing observed, not heard, If it is negligible, don't say anything, He who is before you recognizes worth .

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