Extolling the virtues of being a scribe
From The Schoolbook
, aka Papyrus Lansing:By day write with your fingers,recite by night.Befriend the scroll, the palette.It pleases more than wine.Writing for him who knows it is better than all other professions.
You were a boy and born into a fortunate family if you went to school in ancient Egypt.
Boys were schooled with the purpose of becoming a scribe, and they would spend hours carefully (or, sometimes, not so carefully) copying out texts as part of their learning.
This is one of those texts.
It tells the reader how fantastic it is to be a scribe, and how awful other trades were.
Considering the number of errors within the text, it's likely this was a copy written out by a student, rather than being a master from which the students copied.
This papyrus is known as 'Papyrus Lansing', after Rev Dr Gulian Lansing, who discovered the papyrus in the 19th century.
The whole piece is written on six pieces of papyrus, in the hieratic script, with this quote being on the second sheet.
The papyrus is now in the British Musuem, and the page this quote is from is here: http://ttshr.co/1BFmQwo #Egyptology #Hieroglyphs #Hieratic #Quotes #Writing