The Pyramid Texts of UNAS

by Wim van den Dungen


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IV

SARCOPHAGUS CHAMBER

East Wall
(
219 - 224)

"<" or ">" between numbers = sequence of the text
"<" from right to left (facing right) or ">" from left to right (facing left)


CORONATION - RETURN


adapted from the pictures of L.F. Husson in :
Piankoff, A. : The Pyramid of Unas, Bollingen Series, 1968.

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the text reads from right to left


Translation


{...}  :  restored passage
<...> : conjectured translation of unknown word
(...)   : words added to bring out the sense and/or to clarify

The first number given, is the ordinal position of the utterance in the present English version of the 228 utterances of the Unas text, while the second is the traditional enumeration of the sayings by Sethe.


143 (219) Litany of identification with the Living Osiris (continued)

provide yourself with it :

He lives ! This King Unas lives ! He is not dead ! This King Unas lives ! He is not destroyed ! This King Unas is not destroyed ! He has not been judged ! This King Unas has not been judged ! He judges. This King Unas judges !

In your name of Dweller in the Mansion of the Eldest of Bulls, may your arms be about the meal, your daughter, provide yourself with it :

He lives ! This King Unas lives ! He is not dead ! This King Unas lives ! He is not destroyed ! This King Unas is not destroyed ! He has not been judged ! This King Unas has not been judged ! He judges. This King Unas judges !

In your name of Dweller in Hermopolis of the South, may your arms be about the meal, your daughter, provide yourself with it :

He lives ! This King Unas lives ! He is not dead ! This King Unas lives ! He is not destroyed ! This King Unas is not destroyed ! He has not been judged ! This King Unas has not been judged ! He judges. This King Unas judges !

In your name of Dweller in Hermopolis of the North, may your arms be about the meal, your daughter, provide yourself with it :

He lives ! This King Unas lives ! He is not dead ! This King Unas lives ! He is not destroyed ! This King Unas is not destroyed ! He has not been judged ! This King Unas has not been judged ! He judges. This King Unas judges !

In your name of Dweller in the Town of Lakes. What You have eaten, an Eye, your belly shall grow round from it, your son Horus releasing it for You (so) that You may live from it.

He lives ! This King Unas lives ! He is not dead ! This King Unas lives ! He is not destroyed ! This King Unas is not destroyed ! He has not been judged ! This King Unas has not been judged ! He judges. This King Unas judges !

Your body is the body of this King Unas, your flesh is the flesh of this King Unas, your bones are the bones of this King Unas : You will go (from life) should this King Unas go. Should this King Unas go, You will go !

Service of the Crown

144
(220) opening of the shrine

The doors of the horizon has been opened, its bolts have drawn back.

by the priest to the crown

He has come to You, Red Crown !
He has come to You, Fiery Serpent !
He has come to You, Great One !
He has come to You, Great of Magic, pure for You and fearing You !

May You be pleased with him, may You be pleased with his purity, and may You be pleased with his speech when he says to You : "How fine You look, content, renewed, and rejuvenated, for the god who is the father of the gods has given You birth !"

He has come to You, Great of Magic : he is Horus, encircled by the protection of his Eye, the Great of Magic !

145
(221) opening of the shrine

prayer by the King

O Red Crown !
O Curl !
O Great Crown !
O Crown Great of Magic !
O Fiery Serpent !

Grant that the dread of me be like the dread of You !
Grant that the fear of me be like the fear of You !
Grant that the acclaim of me be like the acclaim of You !
Grant that the love of me be like the love of You !
Set my Aba-scepter at the head of the living, (set) my {Power-scepter} at the head of the Akhs, and grant that my sword prevails over my foes.

O Curl !
{You} have emerged {in me, so have I emerged in You.}

reply by the Red Crown

The Great Thing {has given You birth},
the Firstborn's Cobra Goddess Thing has adorned You,
the Firstborn's Cobra Goddess Thing has given You birth,
the Great Thing {has adorned You},
for You are Horus, encircled by the protection of his Eye !


Commendations to Re


146 (222) joining the ongoing circuit of Re

by the priest

To say the words :

You shall stand up on it, this Earth {which issued from Atum, this spittle}, which issued from Kheprer. Evolve on it, become exalted on it, and your father will see You, Re will see You !

prayer by the King

I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Re.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Downcast.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Fertilizer.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Rager.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Great Wild Bull.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Great Reedfloat-user.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Sopdu.
I have come to You, my father, I have come to You, O Sharp-teeth.
Grant that I, King Unas, may seize the Cool Waters and receive the horizon.
Grant that I may rule the Nine and provide for the Ennead.
Place the Crook in my hand, that the head of the Delta and the Nile Valley may be bowed.

I charge my opponent and stand up over the Great One as his greater,
(as) the one Nephthys has blessed, for I have captured my opponent, (saying) :

"You have provide yourself with the Great of Magic, (as) Seth dwelling in Ombos, Lord of Upper Egypt. Nothing has been is lost to You, nothing has been <wanting> to You. For see, You are more Ba and more in control than the gods of Upper Egypt and their Akhs, You whom the Pregnant One ejected, and You have <illumined> the night, equipped as Seth, whose raw (testicles) were pulled off."
(As) one Isis has blessed, (saying) :
"You have provided yourself as Horus the Youthful ! Indeed, nothing is lost to You, nothing has <ceased> for You ! For see, You are more Ba and more in control than the gods of the North and their Akhs."

by the priest

Cast off your impurity for Atum in {Heliopolis and go down with him.} Assign the <needs> of the Lower Sky and succeed to the thrones of Nun.
You shall come into being with your father Atum, You shall go up on high with your father Atum, You shall rise with your father Atum, and may (your) <needs> be released from You.
Head to (Nut), the Lady of Heliopolis in the sedan chair. Go up, open your way by means of the bones of Shu, that the inside of your mother Nut's arms may enfold You.
You shall become pure in the horizon and get rid of your impurity in the Lakes of Shu.

Ascend and descend !
Descend with Re, one of the dusk with the One Who Was Cast Down.
Ascend and descend !
Ascend with Re, rise with the Great Float-user.
Ascend and descend !
Descend with Nephthys, sink into darkness with the Nightboat.
Ascend and descend !
Ascend with Isis, rise with the Dayboat.

You shall have power over your body, for You have no hindrance.
Having been born to (be) Horus, and conceived to (be) Seth.
Having become pure in the Western nome, having received your purification in the Bubastite nome with your father, with Atum.

You have come into being, You have gone up on high, and You have become effective. It has become pleasant for You inside your father's arms, inside Atum's arms.

Atum, elevate this King Unas to You, encircle him inside your arms, for he is your son of your body, forever.

Calling the King to return from the Duat

147 (223) the King is called back

by the priest

Hey !
Turn around !
Ah ! Ah !

O King Unas !
Stand up and sit down to a thousand of bread, a thousand of beer, roast meat, your rib-meat from the slaughterhouse, and pulled bread from the broadhall.
As the god is provided with a divine offering, King Unas is provided with this his bread.
You have come to your Ba, Osiris, Ba among the Akhu, in control in his places, whom the Ennead tend in the Mansion of the Prince.

O King Unas !
Elevate yourself up to me, betake yourself toward me :
do not be far from me, tomb-dweller, and turn toward me.
I have given You the Eye of Horus.
I have allotted it to You, may it <endure> for You with You.

O King Unas !
Arise, receive this your bread from my hand !
O King Unas !
I will be an attendant for You !

148 (224) happy & changed

by the priest

To say the words :
Hey, You King Unas !
Turn about, You King Unas !
You have gone, that You may govern the Mounds of Horus !
You have gone, that You may govern the Mounds of Seth !
You have gone, that You may govern the Mounds of Osiris !

An offering which the King grants to all your insignia wherever You may be : your Lotus-bud sceptre at the head of the living, your staff at the head of the Akhs, as Anubis at the fore of the Westerners, as Andjeti at the fore of the eastern nomes.

How happy is your condition as You become Akh, O King Unas, among your brothers the gods !
How changed !
How changed, You whom your child tended.
Beware of your limit in the Earth.

"Put on your body and come to them !"
-four times-


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