Daughters of Jove, loud-sounding, and divine,
Renowned, Pierian, sweetly speaking Nine;
To those whose breasts your sacred furies fire,
Much formed, the objects of supreme desire.
Sources of blameless virtue to mankind,
Who form to excellence the youthful mind:
Who nurse the soul, and give her to descry
The paths of right with reason’s steady eye.
Commanding queens, who lead to sacred light
The intellect refined from error’s night;
And to mankind each holy rite disclose,
For mystic knowledge from your nature flows.
Clio, and Erato who charms the sight,
With thee Euterpe ministering delight:
Thalia flourishing, Polymina famed,
Melpomene from skill in music named:
Terpischore, Urania heavenly bright,
With thee who gave me to behold the light.1
Come, venerable, various powers divine,
With favoring aspect on your mystics shine;
Bring glorious, ardent, lovely, famed desire,
And warm my bosom with your sacred fire.