Gilgamesh awoke with a start. He looked about him and recalled where he was. “I’ve fallen asleep, I was so tired. Why did you awaken me no sooner than I had closed my eyes?”
“By yourself you have awakened, and you have slept seven days and seven nights!” Ziusudra said.
“Forgive me then for my hasty words,” Gilgamesh replied, embarrassed. “It is as though but a moment has passed since you began your tale. . . . A secret of the gods you were about to tell me?”
Ziusudra waited until Gilgamesh had his meal, then began to speak slowly.