Saturday, December 26, 2009
Being the sappy romantic that I am and having a penchant for poetry of the heart, I couldn't resist sharing something I've just read. In the late 1880's a small tablet was uncovered in a region that is now Iraq. Inscribed on it is what historians believe to be the oldest love poem ever discovered.
In it, a priestess professes her love (and lust) for a king. While it may not make your heart swoon like the writing of Byron or DH Lawrence, I though some of you may find it interesting. It reads:
"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."
Looks like the bedchamber saw some action, as she went on to write later:
"...you have taken your pleasure of me.
Tell my mother, she will give you delicacies;
My father, he will give you gifts."
This was written four thousand years ago.