To Diana

The Fumigation from Manna

Hear me, Jove's daughter, celebrated queen,
Bacchian and Titan, of a noble mien:
In darts rejoicing and on all to shine,
Torch-bearing Goddess, Dictynna divine;
O'er births presiding, and thyself a maid,
To labour-pangs imparting ready aid:
Dissolver of the zone and wrinkl'd care,
Fierce huntress, glorying in the Sulvan war:
Swift in the course, in dreadful arrows skill'd,
Wandering by night, rejoicing in the field:
Of manly form, erect, of bounteous mind,
Illustrious daemon, nurse of human kind:
Immortal, earthly, bane of monsters fell,
'Tis thine, blest maid, on woody hills to dwell:
Foe of the flag, whom woods and dogs delight,
In endless youth who flourish fair and bright,
O, universal queen, august, divine,
A various form, Cydonian pow'r, is thine:
Dread guardian Goddess, with benignant mind
Auspicious, come to mystic rites inclin'd:
Give earth a store of beauteous fruits to bear,
Send gentle Peace, and Health with lovely hair,
and to the mountains drive Disease and Care.

The Hymns of Orpheus, translated to English by Thomas Taylor, 1792

To Fortune

The Fumigation from Frankincense

Approach strong Fortune, with propitious mind
And rich abundance, to my pray'r inclin'd:
Placid and gentile Trivia, mighty nam'd,
Imperial Dian, born of Pluto fam'd;
Mankind's unconquer'd, endless praise is thine,
Sepulch'ral, widely-wand'ring pow'r divine!
In thee, our various mortal life is found,
And some from thee in copious wealth abound;
While others mourn thy hand averse to bless,
In all the bitterness of deep distress.
Be present, Goddess, to thy vot'ry kind,
And give abundance with benignant mind.

The Hymns of Orpheus, translated to English by Thomas Taylor, 1792

Myth's Notes:

Thomas Taylor's translations of classical mythology and religious text had a wide sphere of influence. Several Romantic poets drew inspiration from them, including William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Butler Yeats, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

These invocations were both related to the worship of the Goddess Diana. Taylor's work did not discuss the fine points of burning incense, etc. However, he included the notes from the original as to which scent was to be burned as a pleasing odor to the deity.

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