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THE PAPYRUS OF ANI
(THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD)

Translated by E.A. Wallis Budge
THE CHAPTER OF OPENING THE MOUTH OF THE OSIRIS ANI

To be said: The god Ptah shall open my mouth,  and the god of my town shall unfasten the swathings,  the swathings which are over my mouth.   Thereupon shall come Thoth,  who is equipped with words of power in great abundance,  and shall untie the fetters,  even the fetters of the god Set which are over my mouth.   And the god Tem shall cast them back at those who would fetter me with them,  and cast them at him.   Then shall the god Shu open my mouth,  and make an opening into my mouth with the same iron implement wherewith he opened the mouth of the gods.   I am the goddess Sekhmet,  and I take my seat upon the place by the side of Amt-ur the great wind of heaven.   I am the great Star-goddess Saah,  who dwelleth among the Souls of Anu.   Now as concerning every spell,  and every word which shall be spoken against me,  every god of the Divine Company shall set himself in opposition thereto.

THE CHAPTER OF BRINGING WORDS OF POWER TO THE OSIRIS ANI

who saith: I am Tem-Khepera who produced himself on the thighs of his divine mother.   Those who dwell in Nu have been made wolves,  and those who are among the Tchatcha Chiefs have become hyenas.   Behold,  I will gather together to myself this charm from the person with whom it is [and from the place] wherein it is [and it shall come to me] quicker than a greyhound,  and swifter that light.   Hail, thou who bringest the Ferry-Boat of Ra,  thou holdest thy course firmly and directly in the north wind as thou sailest up the river towards the Island of Fire which is in Khert-Neter.   Behold, thou shalt gather together to thee this charm from wheresoever it may be,  and from whomsoever it may be with [and it shall come to me] quicker than a greyhound,  and swifter than light.   It (the charm) made the transformations of Mut;  it fashioned the gods [or] kept them silent;  by it Mut gave the warmth [of life] to the gods.   Behold,  these words of power are mine,  and they shall come unto me from wheresoever they may be,  or with whomsoever they may be,  quicker than greyhounds and swifter than light,  or,  according to another reading,  "swifter than shadows."

THE CHAPTER WHICH MAKETH A MAN TO REMEMBER HIS NAME IN KHERT-NETER

[The deceased] saith:  Let my name be given to me in the Great House (Per-ur),  and let me remember my name in the House of Fire (Per Neser), on the night wherein the years are counted up,  and the number of the months is told.   I am dwelling with the Divine One,  I take my seat on the eastern side of the sky.  If any god cometh after me,  I shall be able to declare his name forthwith.

THE CHAPTER OF GIVING A HEART TO THE OSIRIS ANI IN KHERT-NETER.

He saith: Let my heart be with me in the House of Hearts.   Let my heart-case be with me in the House of heart-cases.   Let my heart be with me,  and let it rest in [me or] I shall not eat the cakes of Osiris in the eastern side of the Lake of Flowers,  nor have a boat wherein to float down the river,  nor a boat to sail up the river to thee,  nor be able to embark in a boat with thee.   Let my mouth be to me that I may speak therewith.   Let my legs be to me that I may walk therewith.   Let my arms be to me that I may overthrow the foe therewith.   Let the two doors of the sky be opened to me.   May Keb,  the Erpat of the gods,  open his jaws to me.   May he open my two eyes which are blinded by swathings.   May he make me to lift up my legs in walking which are tied together.   May Anpu make my thighs to become vigorous.   May the goddess Sekhmet raise me,  and lift me up.   Let me ascend into heaven,  let that which I command be performed in Het-ka-Ptah.   I know how to use my heart.   I am master of my heart-case.   I am master of my hands and arms.   I am master of my legs.   I have the power to do that which my KA desireth to do.   My Heart-soul shall not be kept a prisoner in my body at the gates of Amentet when I would go in in peace and come forth in peace.

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