Great nurse of all — Orphic hymn to the Mother of the Gods

Mother of Gods [Meter Theon], great nurse of all, draw near,
 divinely honor’d, and regard my pray’r:

Thron’d on a car, by lions drawn along,
 by bull-destroying lions, swift and strong,
Thou sway’st the sceptre of the pole divine,
 and the world’s middle seat, much-fam’d, is thine.
Hence earth is thine, and needy mortals share
 their constant food, from thy protecting care:
From thee at first both Gods and men arose;
 from thee, the sea and ev’ry river flows.
Vesta [Hestia], and source of good, thy name we find
 to mortal men rejoicing to be kind;
For ev’ry good to give, thy soul delights;
 come, mighty pow’r, propitious to our rites,
All-taming, blessed, Phrygian saviour, come,
 Saturn’s [Kronos’] great queen, rejoicing in the drum.
Celestial, ancient, life-supporting maid,
 fanatic Goddess, give thy suppliant aid;
With joyful aspect on our incense shine,
 and, pleas’d, accept the sacrifice divine.”

This hymn is a second one to the Titaness Rhea and this one actually gives her an appellation of “Phrygian” where the other one does not. It does not portray her as being as warlike as the hymn that calls her by name. However other identifiers are in this hymn that are specific to her. She is called “Chronos’ great queen” and also is the source of both Gods (Hestia is actually named) and mortal men. Portrayed as being drawn by lions in a chariot, she shows her importance by the lines “Thou sways the scepter of the world divine/and the world’s middle seat, much fame is thine” The earth is her abode and care. This may be the reason that when the three sons of Chronos (Hades, Poseidon and Zeus) drew lots for their various realms they agreed that the earth was to be a shared dominion.
Like the Orphic hymn to the Titans (of which she was one), there is no specific requests made of her, but rather only that she accept the sacrifice of the author. This actually begins about half-way through the hymn when she is asked to come “propitious to our rites”. It is hear that she is identified as Chronos’ queen and as Phrygian savior. She is asked to aid the suppliant and accept the divine sacrifice (which is likely to have been a burnt offering with a strong scent as the Fumigation listed with this hymn only says aromatic substances)
As our mother along with being the mother of the Gods themselves, we are expected to honor her. I go further than that and say that we should love her.

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