Friday, 11 March 2016


Hear me, Jove's [Zeus'] daughter, celebrated queen, Bacchian [Bromia] and Titan, of a noble mien: In darts rejoicing and on all to shine, torch-bearing Goddess, Dictynna divine; O'er births presiding, and thyself a maid, to labour-pangs imparting ready aid: Dissolver of the zone and wrinkl'd care, fierce huntress, glorying in the Sylvan war: Swift in the course, in dreadful arrows skill'd, wandering by night, rejoicing in the field: Of manly form, erect, of bounteous mind, illustrious dæmon, nurse of human kind: Immortal, earthly, bane of monsters fell, 'tis thine; blest maid, on woody hills to dwell: Foe of the stag, whom woods and dogs delight, in endless youth who flourish fair and bright.

O, universal queen, august, divine, a various form, Cydonian pow'r, is thine: Dread guardian Goddess, with benignant mind auspicious, come to mystic rites inclin'd, Give earth a store of beauteous fruits to bear, send gentle Peace, and Health with lovely hair, And to the mountains drive Disease and Care.

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