DAWN KRYSTAL WILLIAMS

COMPOSER AND MEZZO-CONTRALTO

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SENET

(Medium-Low or Low Voice and Piano)

TEXT AND TRANSLATION

I

 

Senet nen senuas                                 Woman with no match,

Nefer her-neb                                          Most exquisite of all,

Petrias mi sepdet khai   She is like the rise of the Star Goddess

Ma hat renpet nefert               At the dawning of a joyous year.

Shespet aqret webkhet anu                  Fair is her glowing skin,

Anet artyy gemeh                                     Alluring is her gaze,

Benri septas medut               Sweet are her lips as she speaks,

Ben nas khenu ma hau                  And discreet are her words.

II

 

Qat neheb webkhet qebyy     Her neck is long, her breast white,

Khesbed ma-a shenuas                               Her hair true lapis,

Gabas her at nub                  Her arms more brilliant than gold;

Debauas mi seshenu              Her fingers are like lotus-flowers,

Bedesh pehetas meruati        Her curves full, her waist slender;

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Da mentyyas neferuas                   Her legs display her beauty,

Tu aut khendas her ta                         And graceful is her gait.

III

 

Atas abai ma heptas               Her embrace captures my heart;

Dias set wen neheb tai neb                       The necks of all men

Mes-hen na ma-a set                                Turn at sight of her.

Reshut heptyy set nebet        The one who holds her is content,

Su mi tepyy na meryu                        He is first among lovers,

Petrati peraset ra ha    And when she steps outside, she seems

Mi tefyet wat                                           As the One Goddess.

– Transcription and translation by Dawn K. Williams