Libera

P Sufenas Virius Lupus

O flowing fountain, foundation of graces,
daughter of Ceres, sister of Pax
and of Liber Pater — your consort —
protectors of the Aventine Hill.

In Eleusis, under different names
the goddesses and god were celebrated;
in Rome, the Tiber’s flowing arms
nourish your memory in our hearts.

You are the mother to god and goddesses:
Libitina, mortician, sister of the dead,
Libertas, rightful freedom, mother of citizens,
Liberalitas, generosity, he of the open hands.

May we take you with us in all our lives,
may you look kindly on us in our deaths;
may your children be born in our pious actions,
may your family be honored by our deeds.

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