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I come here
to the Land of Silence
any way I wish

I fly like a golden hawk
or sail in the Neshem Boat
up the many rivers
and soon am
face to face with the stars

the travel is easy
I have left much behind

and I arrive at the great hall

a shadow from its holy tree
falls on me

I am blessed with books
and necessary provisions

and free to go
I fly about the halls

then find a perfect spot to sit
for eternity.

Text from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Chapter CX: Elysian Fields. The underlying image is a close-up shot from Cassini; one of Saturn’s moons, Daphnis, appears just to the right of the words “I plough” ploughing through the rings and creating ripples. Cassini image credit: CICLOPS/Cassini/NASA.