I Call Leucothea, of great Cadmus born,
And Bacchus’ nurse, whom ivy leaves adorn.
Hear, powerful Goddess, in the mighty deep
Vast-bosomed, destined thy domain to keep:
In waves rejoicing, guardian of mankind;
For ships from thee alone deliverance find,
Amid the fury of the unstable main,
When art no more avail, and strength is vain.
When rushing billows with tempestuous ire
Overwhelm the mariner in ruin dire,
Thou hears, with pity touched his suppliant prayer,
Resolved his life to succor and to spare.
Be ever present, Goddess! in distress,
Waft ships along with prosperous success:
Thy mystics through the stormy sea defend,
And safe conduct them to their destined end.