Hear us, O Enki

He is the magnificent one;
He is the beloved one of Heaven and Earth;
He is the exalted one among the people.

He is the Goat of the Abyss;
He is the one begotten by a wild bull;
He is the ever-wise and ever-knowing seal-keeper of Heaven.

He is the lord of the sweet life-giving waters;
He is the lord of creation;
He is lord of order.

O beloved among heaven and earth we call to you;
O begotten son of An, we call to you;
O cherished brother of Enlil, we call to you!

Hear us, O lord of Eridu;
Hear us, O magician of the gods;
Hear us, O ordainer of destinies!

We call to you, O wise one;
We call to you, O virile one of life-giving semen;
We call to you, O architect of the universe.

It is to you that Isimud bows;
It is to you that the Seven Sages bow;
It is to you that the people of earth bow.

Hear us, O Enki;
For it is your name that is on the lips of the people.
Hear us, O Nudimmud;
For it is your name that is whispered as a secret spell.
Hear us, O Niššiku;
For it is your name that empowers the exorcist, the magician, and the priest.

We proclaim your praises, O lord.
We proclaim your deeds, O lord.
We proclaim your majesty, O lord.

Grant that our lives be ordered as you order the universe.
Grant that our lives be sustained by your life-giving water.
Grant that our lives be blessed as you bless the land with your presence.

Written by Sam Jackson, image courtesy of Martin Clinch, c. 2018 and used with permission.