Bearer of the Vine — an Orphic Hymn to Dionysus Liknitos

Liknitan Bacchus [Liknitos Dionysos], bearer of the vine,  thee I invoke to bless these rites divine: Florid and gay, of nymphs the blossom bright,  and of fair Venus [Aphrodite], Goddess of delight, ‘Tis thine mad footsteps with mad nymphs to beat,  dancing thro’ groves with lightly leaping feet: From Jove’s [Zeus’] high counsels nurst by…

Charming to the sight — The Orphic Hymn to Aphrodite

Heav’nly [Ourania], illustrious, laughter-loving queen,  sea-born, night-loving, of an awful mien; Crafty, from whom necessity [Ananke] first came,  producing, nightly, all-connecting dame: ‘Tis thine the world with harmony to join,  for all things spring from thee, O pow’r divine. The triple Fates [Moirai] are rul’d by thy decree,  and all productions yield alike to thee:…

Python-Destroying, hallowed, Delphian king — The Orphic Hymn to Apollo

Blest Pæan, come, propitious to my pray’r,  illustrious pow’r, whom Memphian tribes revere, Slayer of Tityus, and the God of health,  Lycorian Phœbus, fruitful source of wealth . Spermatic, golden-lyr’d, the field from thee  receives it’s constant, rich fertility. Titanic, Grunian, Smynthian, thee I sing,  Python-destroying, hallow’d, Delphian king: Rural, light-bearer, and the Muse’s head,…

In darts rejoicing — The Orphic Hymn to Artemis

Hear me, Jove’s [Zeus’] daughter, celebrated queen,  Bacchian [Bromia] and Titan, of a noble mien: In darts rejoicing and on all to shine,  torch-bearing Goddess, Dictynna divine; O’er births presiding, and thyself a maid,  to labour-pangs imparting ready aid: Dissolver of the zone and wrinkl’d care,  fierce huntress, glorying in the Sylvan war: Swift in…

All-taming artist — The Orphic Hymn to Hephaestus

Strong, mighty Vulcan [Hephaistos], bearing splendid light,  unweary’d fire, with flaming torrents bright: Strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine,  pure element, a portion of the world is thine: All-taming artist, all-diffusive pow’r,  ’tis thine supreme, all substance to devour: Æther, Sun, Moon, and Stars, light pure and clear,  for these thy lucid parts to men…

Fierce and Untamed — The Orphic Hymn to Ares

Magnanimous, unconquer’d, boistrous Mars [Ares],  in darts rejoicing, and in bloody wars Fierce and untam’d, whose mighty pow’r can make  the strongest walls from their foundations shake: Mortal destroying king, defil’d with gore,  pleas’d with war’s dreadful and tumultuous roar: Thee, human blood, and swords, and spears delight,  and the dire ruin of mad savage…

Sprung from the head of Zeus — The Orphic Hymn to Athena

Only-Begotten, noble race of Jove,  blessed and fierce, who joy’st in caves to rove:  O, warlike Pallas, whose illustrious kind,  ineffable and effable we find: Magnanimous and fam’d, the rocky height,  and groves, and shady mountains thee delight: In arms rejoicing, who with Furies dire  and wild, the souls of mortals dost inspire. Gymnastic virgin…

Zeus much-honored — The Orphic Hymn to Zeus

O Jove much-honor’d, Jove [Zeus] supremely great,  to thee our holy rites we consecrate, Our pray’rs and expiations, king divine,  for all things round thy head exalted shine. The earth is thine, and mountains swelling high , the sea profound, and all within the sky. Saturnian [Kronion] king, descending from above,  magnanimous, commanding, sceptred Jove…

The Wealthy One — The Orphic Hymn to Plouton (Hades)

Pluto [Plouton], magnanimous, whose realms profound  are fix’d beneath the firm and solid ground, In the Tartarian plains remote from fight,  and wrapt forever in the depths of night; Terrestrial Jove [Zeus Khthonios], thy sacred ear incline,  and, pleas’d, accept thy mystic’s hymn divine. Earth’s keys to thee, illustrious king belong,  its secret gates unlocking,…