Incense: frankincense and manna
Tethys I call, with eyes cerulean bright,
Hid in a veil obscure from human sight:
Great Ocean’s empress, wandering through the deep,
And pleased, with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
Whose ample waves in swift succession go,
And lash the rocky shore with endless flow:
Delighting in the sea serene to play,
In ships exulting, and the watery way.
Mother of Venus, and of clouds obscure,
Great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my prayer,
And make benevolent my life thy care;
Send, blessed queen, to ships a prosperous breeze,
And waft them safely o’er the stormy seas.