Incense: every kind of seed, except beans and aromatics
O Mother Earth, of Gods and men the source,1
Endued with fertile, all-destroying force;
All-parent, bounding, whose prolific powers
Produce a store of beauteous fruits and flowers.
All-various maid, the eternal world’s strong base,
Eternal, blessed, crowned with every grace;
From whose wide womb, as from an endless root,
Fruits, many-formed, mature and grateful shoot.
Deep-bosomed, blessed, pleased with grassy plains,
Sweet to the smell, and with prolific rains.
All-flowery daemon, center of the world,
Around thy orb the beauteous stars are hurled
With rapid whirl, eternal and divine,
Whose frames with matchless skill and wisdom shine.
Come, blessed Goddess, listen to my prayer,
And make increase of fruits thy constant care;
With fertile Seasons in thy train draw near,
And with propitious mind thy suppliants hear.
[“Mother Earth” here given as the more familir Γαῖα θεά—Gaía theá (goddess)] ↩