Hymn to the Moon

  • Posted on 9th July 2016 by Nick


  • Whilst attributed to Homer because of the epic style verse that reflects the Odyssey and Iliad, the writer is unknown. The below hymn is part of a series of thirty-three written to celebrate and worship individual gods. Inspired by the light of a magnificent crescent moon that brightens one’s dreams, Luna is captured beautifully in this ancient prose.
     
    Daughters of Jove, whose voice is melody,
    Muses, who know and rule all minstrelsy,
    Sing the wide-winged Moon! Around the earth,
    From her immortal head in Heaven shot forth,
    Far light is scattered--boundless glory springs;
    Where'er she spreads her many-beaming wings
    The lampless air glows round her golden crown.

    But when the Moon divine from Heaven is gone
    Under the sea, her beams within abide,
    Till, bathing her bright limbs in Ocean's tide,
    Clothing her form in garments glittering far,
    And having yoked to her immortal car
    The beam-invested steeds whose necks on high
    Curve back, she drives to a remoter sky
    A western Crescent, borne impetuously.

    Then is made full the circle of her light,
    And as she grows, her beams more bright and bright
    Are poured from Heaven, where she is hovering then,
    A wonder and a sign to mortal men.

    The Son of Saturn with this glorious Power
    Mingled in love and sleep--to whom she bore
    Pandeia, a bright maid of beauty rare
    Among the Gods, whose lives eternal are.

    Hail Queen, great Moon, white-armed Divinity,
    Fair-haired and favourable! thus with thee
    My song beginning, by its music sweet
    Shall make immortal many a glorious feat
    Of demigods, with lovely lips, so well
    Which minstrels, servants of the Muses, tell.
     
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