And what would he have been singing about? Foster and Foster reveal:|
"Another kind of poem from the lyric genre is the Harper's Song. There are only a few of these, and they form a strange interlude in the literature; for they seem to question the sacred Egyptian principle of eternal life, urging the hearer to carpe diem, 'seize the day':|
"Grieve not your heart, whatever comes,|
let sweet music play before you;
Recall not the evil, loathsome to God,
but have joy, joy, joy, and pleasure!
"The harper's song from Inherkhawy's tomb says just this:
"All who come into being as flesh,|
Let your heart be drunk on the gift of Day
until that day comes when you anchor."
"Ancient Egyptian Literature", John L. Foster and Ann L. Foster, in Egyptology Today, edited by Richard H. Wilkinson, (Cambridge University Press, 2008), pages 215-216)
Seize the day! That is really the best advice.