The Epic of Gilgamesh
At his third snort a huge pit opened up,
and Enkidu fell in up to his waist.
Then Enkidu jumped out and seized the Bull of Heaven by its horns.
The Bull spewed its spittle in front of him,
with his thick tail he flung his dung behind him (?).
Enkidu addressed Gilgamesh, saying:
"My friend, we can be bold(?) …
How shall we respond …
My friend, I saw …
And my strength …
I will rip out …
I and you, we must share(?)
I shall grasp the Bull
I will fill my hands (?) …
In front …
Between the nape, the horns, and … thrust your sword." (6.124-140)
The Scorpion-being spoke to Gilgamesh …, saying:
"Never has there been, Gilgamesh, a mortal man who could do that (?).
No one has crossed through the mountains,
for twelve leagues it is darkness throughout—
dense is the darkness, and light there is none.
"Though it be in deep sadness andpain,
in cold or heat …
gasping after breath … I will go on!
Now! Open the Gate!" (9.139-146, 215-221)
Along the Road of the Sun he journeyed—
one league he traveled …,
dense was the darkness, light there was none.
Neither what lies ahead nor behind does it allow him to see.
Two leagues he traveled …,
dense was the darkness, light there was none,
neither what lies ahead nor behind does it allow him to see.
Eleven leagues he traveled and came out before the sun(rise)
Twelve leagues he traveled and it grew brilliant. (9.227-233, 256-277)