Orphic Hymn to Selene

Chants, Creeds, Prayers, & Texts

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horned and wandering through the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, through the heavens you ride:
Female and Male with borrowed rays you shine, and now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon, whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing power bedecked with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who givest to Nature’s works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Decked with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays, and pleased accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.

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