O Goddess, clad in linen,
Who governs the fertile black land of Egypt
Honor these offerings with Your presence;
this cake, these couple of geese,
this ointment, these wild figs,
these dried raisins, and this incense
are already on the altar.
You have protected Damis
from the dangers of the sea;
if you will also deliver him from poverty,
he will offer You a fawn with gilded horns.
An Epigram in the Anthology of Constantine Cephalus
Sir John Gardner Wilkinson. Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians. Volume 4. (Stanford University Libraries, 1847), 386.