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A CHARM TO BRING CHILDREN (EGYPT, A.D. 100), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Take twelve leaves of the male palm
Last Line: Great is the lady isis!
Subject(s): Charms (magic); Children; Egypt; Childhood


Take twelve leaves of the male palm
And write on each the name of a god.
Wed each leaf to a lotus bloom
And bind the twain to a bulrush rod.
Walk with the stem betwixt your breasts
By the flooding Nile when the young moon shows,
Shadowy-pregnant, over the night.
Then -- making the sign of Horus --
Thrice to the left and thrice to the right --
Call, to the wind of the Desert,
Great is the lady Isis!





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