Ishtar led the Bull down to earth,
it entered and bellowed, the whole land shook,
the streams and marshes dried up, the Euphrates’
water level dropped by ten feet.
When the Bull snorted, the earth cracked open
and a hundred warriors fell in and died.
It snorted again, the earth cracked open
and two hundred warriors fell in and died.
When it snorted a third time, the earth cracked open
and Enkidu fell in, up to his waist,
he jumped out and grabbed the Bull’s horns, it spat
its slobber into his face, it lifted
its tail and spewed dung all over him.
Gilgamesh rushed in and shouted, “Dear friend,
keep fighting, together we are sure to win.”
Enkidu circled behind the Bull,
seized it by the tail and set his foot
on its haunch, then Gilgamesh skilfully,
like a butcher, strode up and thrust his knife
between its shoulders and the base of its horns.
After they had killed the Bull of Heaven,
they ripped out its heart and they offered it
to Shamash. Then they both bowed before him
and sat down like brothers, side by side.
The Epic of Gilgamesh