I call, Melinoe, saffron-veiled, terrene,
Who from infernal Pluto’s venerable queen,
Mixed with Saturnian Jupiter, arose
Near where Cocytus’ mournful river flows;
When, under Pluto’s semblance, Jove divine
Deceived with guileful arts dark Proserpine.
Hence, partly black thy limbs and partly white,
From Pluto dark, from Jove ethereal bright.
Thy colored members, men by night inspire
When seen in spectered forms with terrors dire;
Now darkly visible, involved in night,
Perspicuous now they meet the fearful sight.
Terrestrial queen, expel wherever found
The soul’s mad fears to earth’s remotest bound;
With holy aspect on our incense shrine,
And bless thy mystics, and the rites divine.