Bacchus frenetic, much-named, blessed, divine,
Bull-horned, Lenaean, bearer of the vine;
From fire descended, raging, Nysian king,
From whom initial ceremonies spring.
Liknitan Bacchus, pure and fiery bright,
Prudent, crown-bearer, wandering in the night;
Nursed in Mount Mero, all-mysterious power,
Triple, ineffable, Jove’s secret flower:
Ericapaeus, first-begotten named,
Of Gods the father and the offspring famed.
Bearing a scepter, leader of the choir,
Whose dancing feet frenetic furies fire,
When the triennial band thou dost inspire,
Omadian, captor, of a fiery light,
Born of two mothers, Amphietus bright;
Love, mountain-wandering, clothed with skins of deer,
Apollo golden-rayed, whom all revere.
Great annual God of grapes, with ivy crowned,
Bassarian, lovely, virgin-like, renowned.
Come, blessed power, regard thy mystics’ voice,
Propitious come, and in these rites rejoice.