Illustrious Themis, of celestial birth,
Thee I invoke, young blossom of the earth.
All-beauteous virgin; first from thee alone
Prophetic oracles to men were known,
Given from the deep recesses of the fane
In sacred Pytho, where renowned you reign.
From thee Apollo’s oracles arose,
And from thy power his inspiration flows.
Honored by all, of form divinely bright,
Majestic virgin, wandering in the night.
Mankind from thee first learned perfecting rites,
And Bacchus’ nightly choirs thy soul delights;
For the God’s honors to disclose is thine,
And holy mysteries and rites divine.
Be present, Goddess, to my prayer inclined,
And bless thy telete with favoring mind.