Orphic Hymn 55

The Fumigation from Aromatics.

Much-nam’d, and best of dæmons, hear my pray’r, the desart-loving, deck’d with tender hair; Joy to diffuse, by all desir’d is thine, much form’d, Eubouleos; aliment divine Female and Male, all charming to the sight, Adonis ever flourishing and bright; At stated periods doom’d to set and rise, with splendid lamp, the glory of the skies. Two-horn’d and lovely, reverenc’d with tears, of beauteous form, adorn’d with copious hairs. Rejoicing in the chace, all-graceful pow’r, sweet plant of Aphrodite, Love’s delightful flow’r: Descended from the secret bed divine, of lovely-hair’d, infernal Persephone. ‘Tis thine to fink in Tartarus profound, and shine again thro’ heav’ns illustrious round, With beauteous temp’ral orb restor’d to sight; come, with earth’s fruits, and in these flames delight.


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