Khotanese

More Khotanese: the Survarṇabhāsottamasūtra

crāmye härä käḍäna rrustä u ne rre ttu kīru yīndä
bajevätä hasamīṭhätä harṣḍä uysbā ttu kṣīru ṣä rre trāmu māñaṃdu
kho haste väysāgyo

When a ruler does not do that
for the sake of which he is ruler,
he ruins, destroys, breaks up, and tears up that land
like an elephant does to a lotus-pond.

Survarṇabhāsottamasūtra 12.22 (based on P. O. Skjærvø’s excellent edition, translation, and glossary of the Khotanese text)

A bit of hvanau

cu aysu ttū hvanau byūttaimä
kye käḍe batä bvāmata dīra
biśśä gyasta balysa kṣamevī
mä cu mara bvatemä arthu

Since I have translated this into Khotanese
however poor and small my understanding,
I ask all the divine Buddhas to forgive me
lest I have destroyed any meaning here.

Book of Zambasta, 1.189

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