Heavenly, illustrious, laughter-loving queen,
Sea-born, night-loving, of an awful1 mien;
Crafty, from whom necessity first came,
Producing, nightly, all-connecting dame.
It’s thine the world with harmony to join,
For all things spring from thee, O power divine.
The triple Fates are ruled by thy decree,
And all productions yield alike to thee:
Whatever the heavens, encircling all, contain,
Earth fruit-producing, and the stormy main,
Thy sway confesses, and obeys thy nod,
Awful attendant of the Brumal God.
Goddess of marriage, charming to the sight,
Mother of Loves, whom banquets delight;
Source of persuasion, secret, favoring queen,
Illustrious born, apparent and unseen;
Spousal, Lupercal, and to men inclined,
Prolific, most-desired, life-giving, kind.
Great scepter-bearer of the Gods, it’s thine
Mortals in necessary bands to join;
And every tribe of savage monsters dire
In magic chains to bind through mad desire.
Come, Cyprus-born, and to my prayer incline,
Whether exalted in the heavens you shine,
Or pleased in odorous Syria to preside,
Or o’er the Egyptian plains thy car to guide,
Fashioned of gold; and near its sacred flood,
Fertile and famed to fix thy blessed abode;
Or if rejoicing in the azure shores,
Near where the sea with foaming billows roars,
The circling choirs of mortals thy delight,
Or beauteous Nymphs with eyes cerulean bright,
Pleased by the dusty banks renowned of old,
To drive thy rapid, two-yoked car of gold;
Or if in Cyprus with thy mother fair,
Where nymphs unmarried praise thee every year,
The loveliest nymphs, who in the chorus join,
Adonis pure to sing, and thee divine.
Come, all-attractive, to my prayer inclined,
For thee I call, with holy, reverent mind.
[Old meaning is something which inspires awe, reverence, fear; read as ’awe-inspiring’ or such] ↩