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  • Prayer to Shamash
  • O glorious Shamash, I have followed the road you commanded but now if you send no succor how shall I escape? 
  • Shamash Aids Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh Speaks
  • By the life of Ninsun my mother and divine Lugulbanda my father my weak arms and my small weapons I have brought to this land against you, and now I will enter your house.
  • Humbaba came from his strong house of cedar. He nodded his head and shook it, menacing Gilgamesh; and on him he fastened his eye, the eye of death.  Then Gilgamesh called to Shamash and his tears were flowing.
  • The Slaying of Humbaba 
  • Glorious Shamash heard his prayer and he summoned the great wing, the north wind, the whirlwind, the storm and the icy wind, the tempest and the scorching
  • wind; they came like dragons, like a scorching fire, like a serpent that freezes the heart, a destroying flood and the lightning's fork. The eight winds rose up against Humbaba, they beat against his eyes; he was gripped, unable to go forward or back.
  • Enlil's Rage
  • Why did you do this thing? From henceforth may the fire be on your faces, may it eat the bread that you eat, may it drink where you drink.
  • Gilgamesh shouted.
  • Praise to Gilgamesh
  • Gilgamesh listened to the word of his companion, he took the ax in his hand, he drew the sword from his belt, and he 
  •  struck Humbaba with a thrust of the sword to the neck, and Enkidu his comrade struck the second blow. At the third blow Humbaba fell.  Then there followed confusion for this was the guardian of the forest whom they had felled to the ground.
  • When he saw the head of Humbaba, Enlil raged at them. Then Enlil took again the blaze and the seven splendors that had been Humbaba's: he gave the first to the river, and he gave to the lion, to the stone of execration, to the mountain.
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