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English: Papyrus Harageh 1 (UC 32773), papyrus...

English: Papyrus Harageh 1 (UC 32773), papyrus fragment form the late middle kingdom in Ancient Egypt, found at Harageh, contains part of the “Story of Sinuhe”, exposed in the Petrie Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While reading through an old autograph book of mine I came across these lines I copied down in 1966 (I was 12 years old!)

To whom can I speak today?

The gentle man has perished

The violent man has access to everybody.

To whom can I speak today?

The iniquity that smites the land

It has no end.

To whom can I speak today?

There are no righteous men.

The earth is surrendered to criminals

(written some four thousand years ago in the time of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom)

Was it a case of the glass half empty?

cheers

Lorraine

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