The poor man of Nippur – a Summerian tale

The poor man of Nippur:
 A summerian tale

 A wreched individual
 Lived in Nippur
 In abject misery

Left with some money
 He decides to buy a goat
 And to offer it
 To the mayor of the city

In the hope
 Of being rewarded
 With meal and honour
 And decent drink

The mayor recieves him
 Listens to his quest
 And beats him
 Leaving him with less

"Three times revenge is mine"
 he shouts to the doorkeeper
 "For the disgrace i have suffered"
 And so happened

The first time
 Disguised as a rich man
 With the help of the king
 He robes the mayor by ruse

The second time
 Disguised as a doctor
 He ties him up in private
 And gives him another beating

The third time
 He pays a man with a goat
 To claim "I am the man with the goat"

- The major's household in pursuit-
 He beats the major left alone

For the third time
 Avenging an insult and disgrace
 Suffered by the hands
 of a powerfull official

He was a man of word.

And from poor he became rich
 Honoured by the king
 And by his fellow men

 Beware the way you give
 Beware the way you recieve
 you never know...


 The reputation of Nippur's great learning
 Is lampooned in the Edubba Texts
 Second millenium bc

two great websites

The Sumerian Turks 
The Sumerian Shakespeare


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