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APPENDIX.
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A PRAYER FOR THE PRESERVATION OF A PYRAMID.

[From the Pyramid of Pepi II.]

663. O Temu-Kheperå, [when] thou hadst raised thyself on the qaa standard, and hadst shone as the “Great one in the place of shining” in imageet-ur in Ånnu, thou didst send forth water in the form of Shu, and didst spit in the form of Tefnut, and thou didst place thy hands behind them, and verily thy Ka existeth 664. in them. O Temu, place thou thy hands behind Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā, and verily the Ka of Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā [which is] in him shall flourish as long as eternity endureth.

O Temu, place thou thy protection over this Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā, [and] over this his pyramid, [and over] this work of 665. Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā, and guard thou it from every evil thing which might come to them for ever and for ever, in the same manner as thou throwest thy protection over Shu and Tefnut.

O Great Company of the Gods who dwell in Ånnu, Tem, Shu, Tefnut, Sab, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Set, and Nephthys, ye children of Tem, 666. his heart (i.e., Tem’s) was made large (or, was extended) when he brought you forth in your name of “Peimage,” and when his [number] “Nine” was on you. Now Temu shall protect this Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā, he shall protect this pyramid of Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā, he shall protect this work from all the gods, 667. and from all the dead (i.e., damned), and he shall guard them from every evil thing which might come to them for ever and ever.

O Horus, this Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā is Osiris, and this pyramid of Pepi Nefer-ka-Rā is Osiris, and this his work; behold thou, 668. let not be removed from him in his name of pyramid the long duration [which is] in thy name of “imageet-qem-ur,” for Thoth hath put under thee the gods who go forth and who journey in the walled enclosure and in the “Fort of Horus,” even as he did for thy father Osiris in his name of “imageet-åt,” 669. for Horus hath given to thee the gods, and he hath led them for thee into the halls, and they shall illumine thy face for thee in the White Houses.

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