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Love by the Light of the Moon (1.169C)
(1,151 words)

Subject: Canonical Compositions from the Biblical World; Sumerian Canonical Compositions; Divine Focus; Love Poems


This poem1 is a dialogue between Inanna and Dumuzi/Ama-ushumgalanna, who woo each other as a young couple prior to their marriage.

The song opens with Inanna’s monologue, in which she tells of her chance meeting with Dumuzi and about Dumuzi holding her hand and embracing her (obverse lines 1–8) when spending the previous day in song and dance. Then a dialogue with Du…

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“Love by the Light of the Moon (1.169C)”, in: Context of Scripture Online, Editor in Chief: W. Hallo. Consulted online on 30 November 2021 <>

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