A Hymn from the Temple in the Oasis of El-Khargeh

[Extracted from Renouf, Hibbert Lectures, pp. 233-4]

Another hymn, copied by Brugsch at the same temple, sings "the mysterious names of the God who is immanent in all things (men em χet neb) the soul of Shu (breath) to all the gods. He is the body of the living man, the creator of the fruit-bearing tree, the author of the inundation; without him nothing liveth within the circuit of the earth, whether north or south, under his name of Osiris, the giver of light: he is the Horus of the living souls, the living god of the generations yet to come. He is the creator of every animal under his names of Ram of the sheep, god of the goats. Bull of the cows. .... He loves the scorpion in his hole; he is the god of the crocodiles who plunge in the water .... he is the god of those who rest in their graves. Amon is an image, Atmu is an image, Chepera is an image, Rā is an image; he alone maketh himself in millions of ways. He is a great architect, who was from the beginning, who fashioned his body with his own hands, in all forms according to his will. .... Permanent and enduring, he never passeth away. Through millions upon millions of endless years he traverseth the heavens, he compasseth the nether world each day. .... He is the moon in the night and king of the stars, who maketh the division of seasons, months and years; he cometh living everlastingly both in his rising and in his setting. There is no other like him; his voice is heard, but he remains unseen to every creature that breathes. He strengthens the heart of the woman in travail, and gives life to those who are born from her. .... He travels in the cloud to separate heaven and earth, and again to re-unite them, permanently abiding in all things, the Living One in whom all things live everlastingly."

 

An alternative version is as follows:

The mysterious names of the god who is immanent in all things, the Soul of the Breath to all the gods! He is the body of the living man, the Creator of the fruit-bearing tree, the Author of the inundation; without Him, Osiris, Giver of light, nothing lives within the circuit of the earth, whether north or south.

He is the Horus of the living souls, the living god of the generations yet to come. He is the creator of every animal. He loves the scorpion in his hole; He is the god of the crocodiles who plunge in the water; He is the god of those who rest in their graves.

Amon is an image, Atmu is an image, Chepera is an image, Ra is an image; He alone makes Himself in millions of ways. He is a great architect, who was from the beginning, who fashioned His body with His own hands, in all forms according to His will.

Permanent and enduring. He never passes away. Through millions upon millions of endless years. He traverses the heavens, He compasses the nether world each day. He is the moon in the night and king of the stars, who makes the division of seasons, months, and years; He cometh living everlastingly both in His rising and in His setting. There is no other like Him; His voice is heard, but He remains unseen to every creature that breathes.

He strengthens the heart of the women in travail, and gives life to those who are born from her. He travels in the cloud to separate heaven and earth, and again to reunite them, permanently abiding in all things, the Living One in whom all things live everlastingly.