Amanda Aremisia Forrester
I sing of comely Antinous
Lover of wise Hadrian
Youth’s very flower
Virile and brave,
Yet sweet and gentle.
How sad the day You drowned
In the lifeblood of Aiegyptos, murky Neilos
But oh, what wonder, what sweet rejoicing
To hear of Your ascension
To the Immortal Halls of Olympos
To sit beside great Jupiter Himself
Raised on high, a blazing star
Unconquered, even by Death!
O sweet liberator of men’s hearts
I greet You with awe in my breast
I offer You this milk and honey
Meager gifts, but all I have to give
Accept them, I pray
And I will continue to sing Your praises.