Shamash was distraught,
as he betook himself to him;
He says to Gilgamesh:
“Gilgamesh, whither rovest thou?
The life thou pursuest, thou shalt not find.”
Gilgamesh says to him, to valiant Shamash;
“After marching and rowing over the steppe,
Must I lay my head in the heart of the earth
That I may sleep through all the years?
Let mine eyes behold the sun
That I may have my fill of the light!
Darkness withdraws when there is enough light.
May one who indeed is dead
behold yet the radiance of the sun!