Daughters of Nereus, resident in caves
Merged deep in ocean, sporting through the waves;
Fifty inspired Nymphs, who through the main
Delight to follow in the Triton’s train,
Rejoicing close behind their cars to keep;
Whose forms half wild are nourished by the deep,
With other Nymphs of different degree,
Leaping and wandering through the liquid sea.
Bright, watery dolphins, sonorous and gay,
Well-pleased to sport with bacchanalian play;
Nymphs beauteous-eyed, whom sacrifice delights,
Give plenteous wealth, and bless our mystic rites;
For you at first disclosed the rites divine,
Of holy Bacchus and of Proserpine,
Of fair Calliope, from whom I spring,
And of Apollo bright, the Muses’ king.