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542 Devotional and Ritual Poetry 111. l 3 e Mature Period (b) AGAINST LIGHTNING This is a prayer against the effects of lightning. The first part of the text is lost or damaged, but the surviving fragments complement well the preceding. 0 lord of [lightning, whose shelen illumines [the gloom], ] whose [command] cannot be altered, Might[y Irriga[tor of heaven and earth], who rains down [abundance], fragmentary lines) Who [destroys the wiclked, storm unrelenting, I cal[l upon you, lord], in the midst of [holy] heaven, I, [your servant], come before you, I seek you out and [kneel belfore you, lfagmentary lines) [ 0 Adad, fire] has come down and [fallen] upon my city, [At] your [command fire] has come down [from] heaven.
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