Nature, all-parent, ancient and divine,
O much mechanic mother, art is thine;
Heavenly, abundant, venerable queen,
In every part of thy dominions seen.
Untamed, all taming, ever splendid light,
All ruling, honored, and supremely bright.
Immortal, first-born, ever still the same,
Nocturnal, starry, shining, glorious dame.
Thy feets still traces in a circling course,
By thee are turned, with unremitting force.
Pure ornament of all the Powers divine,
Finite and infinite alike you shine;
To all things common, and in all things known,
Yet incommunicable and alone.
Without a father of thy wondrous frame,
Thyself the father whence thy essence came;
Mingling, all-flourishing, supremely wise,
And bond connective of the earth and skies.
Leader, life-bearing queen, all various named,
And for commanding grace and beauty famed.
Justice, supreme in might, whose general sway
The waters of the restless deep obey.
Ethereal, earthly, for the pious glad,
Sweet to the good, but bitter to the bad:
All-wise, all-bounteous, provident, divine,
A rich increase of nutriment is thine;
And to maturity whatever may spring,
You to decay and dissolution bring.
Father of all, great nurse, and mother kind,
Abundant, blessed, all-spermatic mind:
Mature, impetuous, from whose fertile seeds
And plastic hand this changing scene proceeds.
All-parent power, in vital impulse seen,
Eternal, moving, all-sagacious queen.
By thee the world, whose parts in rapid flow,
Like swift descending streams, no respite know,
On an eternal hinge, with steady course,
Is whirled with matchless, unremitting force.
Throned on a circling car, thy mighty hand
Holds and directs the reins of wide command:
Various thy essence, honored, and the best,
Of judgment too, the general end and test.
Intrepid, fatal, all-subduing dame,
Life-everlasting, Parca, breathing flame.
Immortal Providence, the world is thine,
And thou art all things, architect divine.
O, blessed Goddess, hear thy suppliant’s prayer,
And make my future life thy constant care;
Give plenteous seasons and sufficient wealth,
And crown my days with lasting peace and health.