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Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail!
Deck'd 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 prosp'rous rays,
and pleas'd accept thy suppliant's mystic praise.

Orphic hymn to Selene


Translated from the poem of the same name by Erik Johan Stagnelius.

Beauteous with glowing skin and his eyes closed,
Sleeps the herder so sweetly in Luna's beams.
Scent-steaming winds of night are
Moving his light curly hair.

Silent, with longing gaze and with wet cheeks
Sees him Delia from the heights of æther:
Now from the blazing chariot
Hovers she tremblingly down.

And by clearer light, at her arrival,
Blaze valleys and mountains and myrtle-forests.
Without its driv'ress the horseteam
Trotters in silvering clouds.

Calmly the herder sleeps: elysianly gleam
In his curling hair the Goddess' tears.
On his blossoming lips is
Burning its heavenly kiss.

Silent be, sighing wind in the tops of trees!
Rosewreathed bride on the saffron beds,
Grant undisturb'dly the herder
To dream his heavenly dream.

Once awakened, in what horrendous empt'ness
Shall his glowing soul not find itself!
Only in dreams the Olympus
Will to the mortal descend.

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