Hymn to Hera I

Rebecca Buchanan

You are the shimmering peacock
Whom Zeus knew
Before all other creatures.

Oh most beautiful, most august one.
How deep was the God’s delight in You
When within You He placed
The heat of His embrace
So that by You glorious Sons and Daughters could be suckled.

What ecstasy Your womb knew
When all heaven’s harmony
Rang out from You
For You bore the glorious Immortals
When Your majesty joined with God.

(after Hildegarde von Bingen)

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