Sun Song of Echnaton 1364 - 1347 BC
back to time symbolising
Beautiful is the first light of dawn
at the far blue eastern horizon.
Oh, living Sun the creator of life,
when you appear at the eastern sky
You fill the land with your beauty,
You are big and glimmering.
High over the earth is your path
your beams embrace the lands
and everything you created on earth.
You are our Re, conquering all living,
binding us together in embracing love.
Even far from us
your beams are caressing the world.
Even when you are high in the skies
the brightening day follows at your heel.
Whenever you disappear at the western horizon
the world become dark as the grave
It is like sleeping in a black tomb
with wrapped head and nostrils closed
None can see others,
everything he thought he owned
is stolen under his head.
Nothing he notices, nothing he feels
when the lion sneaks from the den,
creeping snake stings again.
Darkness rules, the World is silence,
Creator of Life goes to rest
behind dark horizon.
Day and mankind
You lighten the world when you rise again.
Oh Sun, again you lighten the day.
Now darkness gives way to light,
now is feast in both lands.
You waken the people,
make them rise on their feet,
wash their limbs, put upon clothes,
praise your dawn with raised arms.
Then going to daily work
and the world continues labouring
The day, the animals and the herbs
The animals are resting at the pastureland
The trees and plants grow high
The birds are rustling in greening brushes
Praising you Sun with flapping wings
The sheep are dancing on playing feet
Winged birds fly high
Everything is living when you light upon
The day and the waters
The boats sails on the river water,
upstream and downstream since way is open
as soon as dawn make it visible
The fishes jump in sight of you,
your beams reach the deep
going through the big waters
Creation of mankind
You gave the woman the child
You gave the man his seed
You gave life to the unborn child,
caring that there will be no pain
before the birth
You gave breath to your creation
when the child left the body
After the lucky birth
You gave the new-born the gift of speech
You gave all he needed
Creation of animals
When the chicken cheep in the egg
You give it breath for living in there
When you have made him complete
ready for picking through the shell
it comes rejoicing to the world
running around on tripping feet
The entire creation
Sun, the only, creator of manifold
hidden in our sight
Nobody have your power and greatness
You alone created the world
after your wish, great and endless
Man, cattle, biggest and smallest
all creatures walking with feet on earth
all flying beings on wings in the sky
The lands of Syria, Nubia, Egypt
You created after your wishes
You gave man his place in life,
gave him all for his needs,
everyone you gave property,
everyone got their days
You gave different tongues
shapes and colours of skin
You divided the people
We see your creation around us
Watering the Earth
You created the Nile under groundYou carried it on as you wished keeping people on Earth alive .
You is the ruler of the homes and houses
you their Lord when they are weak
When you travel, the sun of day
you frighten people in distant lands.
In heaven you created a Nile too
that it may fall on us
creating stormy rivers in the mountains
huge like mighty lakes
aimed watering fields around cities
Oh, how wonderfully you plan
oh Sun, Lord of Eternity
The Nile was meant for foreigners too
meant for cattle in all lands.
The Nile from below was only for Egypt.
Living Sun, when you walk on
everything grows and blooms through you
and your beams in our garden
The seasons of year
You created changing times
completing all your deeds
Winter gave us cold
and summer gave us heath
You created the distant heavens
for your journey to look
at the creation of you alone
Forth you wander, living Sun
give lights from far and disappear
always coming back again and again.
Beauty of light
Beauty through you alone
in big cities, towns and other places,
upon the hills, down at the river.
Everyone's see you before the eyes
the lightening Sun on earth.
The appearing pharaoh
You are in my heart, nobody knows you
Except your only son Echnaton
You gave him wisdom in your power of insight
since world lies in your hands,
since you are the creator.
When you rise the world lives
When you disappear the world dies
You the everlasting is behind the limbs
Through you mankind lives
Her eyes see your beauty
until you sink at the western horizon
When you fade away all working lie down
When you rise growing begin
Since the day you created the earth
You lifted it up for your son Echnaton,
who once emanated from your limbs
ever living in truth and truth.
Echnaton who wear the crowns of the two lands
Master of Neferkheprure, Wanre
Son of Re, living long
You lift it up for his beloved queen
Mistress of both lands
Nefer nefru atom Nefretete
Living, blooming, forever and forever
Freely after Breastad in English and Vivi T'äckholm in Swedish
Catshaman April 2001