Attend Musæus to my sacred song,and learn what rites to sacrifice belong.Jove [Zeus] I invoke, the Earth [Gaia], and Solar Light [Helios],the Moon's [Mene] pure splendor, and the Stars of night;Thee Neptune [Poseidon], ruler of the sea profound, dark-hair'd, whose waves begirt the solid ground;Ceres [Demeter] abundant, and of lovely mien,and Proserpine [Phersephone] infernal Pluto's [Haides] queenThe huntress Dian [Artemis], and bright Phœbus rays, far-darting God, the theme of Delphic praise;And Bacchus [Dionysos], honour'd by the heav'nly choir,and raging Mars [Ares], and Vulcan [Hephaistos] god of fire;The mighty pow'r who rose from foam to light, and Pluto potent in the realms of night;With Hebe young, and Hercules the strong, and you to whom the cares of births [Eileithyia] belong:Justice [Dikaisune] and Piety [Eusebia] august I call, and much-fam'd nymphs, and Pan the god of all.To Juno [Hera] sacred, and to Mem'ry [Mnemosyne] fair, and the chaste Muses I address my pray'r;The various year, the Graces [Kharites], and the Hours [Horai],fair-hair'd Latona [Leto], and Dione's pow'rs;Armed Curetes, household Gods [Korybantes, Kouretes, Kabeiroi] I call,with those [Soteroi] who spring from Jove [Zeus] the king of all:Th' Idæan Gods, the angel of the skies, and righteous Themis, with sagacious eyes;With ancient Night [Nyx], and Day-light [Hemara] I implore,and Faith [Pistis], and Justice [Dike] dealing right adore;Saturn [Kronos] and Rhea, and great Thetis too, hid in a veil of bright celestial blue:I call great Ocean [Okeanos], and the beauteous train of nymphs, who dwell in chambers of the main;Atlas the strong, and ever in its prime, vig'rous Eternity [Aion], and endless Time [Khronos];The Stygian pool [Styx], and placid Gods [Meilikhoi] beside,and various Genii [Daimones], that o'er men preside;Illustrious Providence [Pronoia], the noble train of dæmon forms, who fill th' ætherial plain;Or live in air, in water, earth, or fire, or deep beneath the solid ground retire.Bacchus [Dionysos] and Semele the friends of all, and white Leucothea of the sea I call;Palæmon bounteous, and Adrastria great, and sweet-tongu'd Victory [Nike], with success elate;Great Esculapius [Asklepios], skill'd to cure disease,and dread Minerva [Athene], whom fierce battles please;Thunders [Brontoi] and Winds [Anemoi] in mighty columns pent,with dreadful roaring struggling hard for vent;Attis, the mother of the pow'rs on high, and fair Adonis, never doom'd to die, End and beginning he is all to all, these with propitious aid I gently call;And to my holy sacrifice invite, the pow'r who reigns in deepest hell and night;I call Einodian Hecate, lovely dame, of earthly, wat'ry, and celestial frame,Sepulchral, in a saffron veil array'd, leas'd with dark ghosts that wander thro' the shade;Persian, unconquerable huntress hail! The world's key-bearer never doom'd to failOn the rough rock to wander thee delights, leader and nurse be present to our ritesPropitious grant our just desires success, accept our homage, and the incense bless.
The Fumigation from Myrrh.O Mighty first-begotten [Protogonos], hear my pray'r, two-fold, egg-born, and wand'ring thro' the air,Bull-roarer, glorying in thy golden wings, from whom the race of Gods and mortals springs.Ericapæus [Erikapaios], celebrated pow'r, ineffable, occult, all shining flow'r.From eyes obscure thou wip'st the gloom of night, all-spreading splendour, pure and holy lightHence Phanes call'd, the glory of the sky, on waving pinions thro' the world you fly. Priapus, dark-ey'd splendour, thee I sing, genial, all-prudent, ever-blessed king,With joyful aspect on our rights divine and holy sacrifice propitious shine.
The Fumigation from Frankinsence and Manna.Hear golden Titan, whose eternal eye with broad survey, illumines all the sky.Self-born, unwearied in diffusing light, and to all eyes the mirrour of delight:Lord of the seasons, with thy fiery car and leaping coursers, beaming light from far:With thy right hand the source of morning light, and with thy left the father of the night.Agile and vig'rous, venerable Sun, fiery and bright around the heav'ns you run. Foe to the wicked, but the good man's guide, o'er all his steps propitious you preside:With various founding, golden lyre, 'tis mine to fill the world with harmony divine.Father of ages, guide of prosp'rous deeds, the world's commander, borne by lucid steeds,Immortal Jove [Zeus], all-searching, bearing light, source of existence, pure and fiery brightBearer of fruit, almighty lord of years, agil and warm, whom ev'ry pow'r reveres.Great eye of Nature and the starry skies, doom'd with immortal flames to set and riseDispensing justice, lover of the stream, the world's great despot, and o'er all supreme.Faithful defender, and the eye of right, of steeds the ruler, and of life the light:With founding whip four fiery steeds you guide, when in the car of day you glorious ride.Propitious on these mystic labours shine, and bless thy suppliants with a life divine.
The Fumigation from Frankincense.Hear, pow'rful, Hercules [Herakles] untam'd and strong, to whom vast hands, and mighty works belong,Almighty Titan, prudent and benign, of various forms, eternal and divine,Father of Time [khronos], the theme of gen'ral praise, ineffable, ador'd in various ways.Magnanimous, in divination skill'd and in the athletic labours of the field.'Tis thine strong archer, all things to devour, supreme, all-helping, all-producing pow'r; To thee mankind as their deliv'rer pray, whose arm can chase the savage tribes away:Uweary'd, earth's best blossom, offspring fair, to whom calm peace, and peaceful works are dear. Self-born, with primogenial fires you shine, and various names and strength of heart are thine.Thy mighty head supports the morning light, and bears untam'd, the silent gloomy night;From east to west endu'd with strength divine, twelve glorious labours to absolve is thine; Supremely skill'd, thou reign'st in heav'n's abodes, thyself a God amid'st th' immortal Gods.With arms unshaken, infinite, divine, come, blessed pow'r, and to our rites incline;The mitigations of disease convey, and drive disasterous maladies away.Come, shake the branch with thy almighty arm, dismiss thy darts and noxious fate disarm.
Pluto [Plouton], magnanimous, whose realms profound are fix'd beneath the firm and solid ground,In the Tartarian plains remote from fight, and wrapt forever in the depths of night;Terrestrial Jove [Zeus Khthonios], thy sacred ear incline, and, pleas'd, accept thy mystic's hymn divine.Earth's keys to thee, illustrious king belong, its secret gates unlocking, deep and strong.'Tis thine, abundant annual fruits to bear, for needy mortals are thy constant care.To thee, great king, Avernus is assign'd, the seat of Gods, and basis of mankind.Thy throne is fix'd in Hade's dismal plains, distant, unknown to rest, where darkness reigns;Where, destitute of breath, pale spectres dwell, in endless, dire, inexorable hell;And in dread Acheron, whose depths obscure, earth's stable roots eternally secure.O mighty dæmon, whose decision dread, the future fate determines of the dead, With captive Proserpine [Kore], thro' grassy plains, drawn in a four-yok'd car with loosen'd reins,Rapt o'er the deep, impell'd by love, you flew 'till Eleusina's city rose to view;There, in a wond'rous cave obscure and deep, the sacred maid secure from search you keep,The cave of Atthis, whose wide gates display an entrance to the kingdoms void of day.Of unapparent works, thou art alone the dispensator, visible and known. O pow'r all-ruling, holy, honor'd light, thee sacred poets and their hymns delight:Propitious to thy mystic's works incline, rejoicing come, for holy rites are thine.
The Fumigation from Manna.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'dGive earth a store of beauteous fruits to bear, send gentle Peace, and Health with lovely hair,And to the mountains drive Disease and Care. 153554b96e