To the Mousai, Fumigation from Frankincense. Daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, loud-sounding, and divine, renowned, Mousai Pierides, sweetly speaking Nine;
to those whose breasts your sacred furies fire, much formed, the objects of supreme desire.
Sources of blameless virtue to mankind, who form to excellence the youthful mind:
who nurse the soul, and give her to descry the paths of right with reason’s steady eye.
Commanding queens, who lead to sacred light the intellect refined from error’s night;
and to mankind each holy rite disclose, for mystic knowledge from your nature flows.
Kleio, and Erato who charms the sight, with thee, Euterpe, ministering delight:
Thalia flourishing, Polymnia famed, Melpomene from skill in music named:
Terpsikhore, Ourania heavenly bright, with thee who gavest me to behold the light.
Come, venerable, various powers divine, with favouring aspect on your mystics shine;
bring glorious, ardent , lovely, famed desire, and warm my bosom with your sacred fire.