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p. Chester Beatty verso love poem 7

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Sample: AadDhxHXkqsS

1. Past days - seven with no sight of sweet sister 7 r sf bw mA=i sn.t
2. Penetrating weakness has come to me aqaq.n xAi.t im=i
3. making my body an unshaped block xpr.kwi Ha=i wdnw
4. forgotten my own self's flesh smx=i D.t Ds=i
5. As to the coming of the supreme physicians ir iw n=i nA wr swnw
6. discontent fills my heart at their prescriptions bw hr ib=i n pXr.wt=sn
7. These acolytes all fall at this place nA Xri-Hb bn wA.t im=sn
8. undiscerned my sickness' source bw wDaw tAi=i xAi.t
9. But should someone say, “See her here” - oh, given life! pA Dd n=i mk si pA nti sanx=i
10. Her name - ah, it arouses me rn=s pA nti Ts=i
11. In to and out from her travel our messengers pA aq pr n nAi=s wpw.tiw
12. oh, giving life to my heart pA nti sanx ib=i
13. Better for me sweet sister than all these remedies Ax n=i sn.t r pXr.wt nb.t
14. Superior she to me than these recipes wr si n=i r tA dmDi=t
15. My invocation charm is her sweet entrance pAi=i wDA pAi=s aq n bnr
16. Her appearance, my rejuvenation ptr=i si kA snb=i
17. She opens her eyes, makes youthful my body wn=s ir.t=s rnp Ha=i
18. When she speaks then I flourish anew mdw=s kA rwD=i
19. I come to her embrace, she slays sorrow of soul iw=i Hpt=s sHri=s Dw.t Hr=i
20. She slipped out from my sight seven days past pr=s m-a=i Hr hrw 7