The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones

The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones

The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones

The Coming Forth by Day of Osiris Jones

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For several passages in this poem I am greatly indebted to the translations of the "Coming Forth by Day" by E. A. Wallis Budge , as published by the British Museum in a pamphlet entitled "The Book of the Dead." In some cases I have used passages almost verbatim, merely letting them fall--as they seemed to do almost without change--into the form of blank verse.

I am also indebted to my father, William Ford Aiken, for the material in section twelve of this book, which I have taken from a medical report made by him at the Boston City Hospital in 1886, while he was a student at Harvard Medical School.

As regards my title, I can do no better than quote "The Book of the Dead," page 29: "In all the copies of 'The Book of the Dead' the deceased is always called 'Osiris,' and as it was always assumed that those for whom they were written would be found innocent when weighed in the Great Balance, the words 'true of voice,' which were equivalent in meaning to 'innocent and acquitted,' were always written after their names."

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