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XI. Invocation to the Goddess Beltis

By Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature

TO Beltis, the great Lady, chief of heaven and earth,

Queen of all the gods, mighty in all the lands.

Honored is her festival among the Ishtars.

She surpasses her offspring in power.

She, the shining one, like her brother, the sun,

Enlightens Heaven and earth,

Mistress of the spirits of the underworld,

First-born of Anu, great among the gods,

Ruler over her enemies,

The seas she stirs up,

The wooded mountains tramples under foot.

Mistress of the spirits of upper air,

Goddess of battle and fight,

Without whom the heavenly temple

None would render obedience,

She, the bestower of strength, grants the desire of the faithful,

Prayers she hears, supplication receives, entreaty accepts.

Ishtar, the perfect light, all-powerful,

Who enlightens Heaven and earth,

Her name is proclaimed throughout all the lands,

Esarhaddon, king of lands, fear not.

To her it is good to pray.