Past," vol. v. p. 157.]
[Footnote 6: "Kisar," the consort or queen of Sar, father of all the gods.]
[Footnote 7: "Zir-ri" (pronounced "zeer-ree"), short form of "Zi-aria," spirits of the running rivers--naiads or water-nymphs.]
[Footnote 8: "Samas," the sun-god.]
[Footnote 9: Babil, Babylon; the Accadian name was "Diu-tir," or "Duran."]
[Footnote 10: "Pa-te-si," prince.]
[Footnote 11: "Ellat-gula," one of the queens or sovereigns of Erech, supposed to have preceded Nammurabi or Nimrod on the throne. We have identified Izdubar herein with Nimrod.]
[Footnote 12: "Kardunia," the ancient name of Babylonia.]
THE FALL OF ERECH
O Moon-god, hear my cry! With thy pure light
Oh, take my spirit through that awful night
That hovers o'er the long-forgotten years,
To sing Accadia's songs and weep her tears!
'Twas thus I prayed, when lo! my spirit rose
On fleecy clouds, enwrapt in soft rep
This is a fascinating work.The author of the translation has created a superb poetical masterpiece.I wonder if the original is as eloquent as the translation.Great translation.I read it several times at gutenberg.org and tears flowed down my eyes:even in those remote days-four thousand years before-that land where my blood relatives,the ancestors lived were invaded by enemy.I would rather call that poetical work 'Kardunia'(i.e. Kartu,Kartunia).There is the tendency since Julius Oppert of replacing words Kardu,Kardunia,Ingur(Ingir) with the words 'Sumer and Akkad','Babylon','Mesopotamia','the Middle East'.Kardunia' must be rendered as 'Kardunia'in any translation,Engur(Ingir)-as Engur or Ingir.Sumer means 'a person that engoys consuming and manufacturing wine and any other alcohol(araqi i.e. vodka,beer)' in the language of modern day Kardu nation.This nation is called the Georgians in English now,Gruzini in Russian,the Gurgistan in several other languages.Gushum is the name for the term that is called 'cuneiform'by scientists.The word 'Engurology',Karduology or Kartuelology is the better term for the artificially introduced term 'Assyriology',that term is inappropreate.