Hymn to Thalassa

To Thalassa,
Fumigation from Frankincense and Manna.
Tethys, I call, with eyes cerulean bright,
hid in a veil obscure from human sight:
great Okeanos’ empress, wandering through the deep,
and pleased, with gentle gales, the earth to sweep;
whose ample waves in swift succession go,
and lash the rocky shore with endless flow: delighting in the sea serene to play,
in ships exulting, and the watery way.
Mother of Kypris, and of Nephelai obscure,
great nurse of beasts, and source of fountains pure.
O venerable Goddess, hear my prayer,
and make benevolent my life thy care;
blessed queen, send to ships a prosperous breeze,
and waft them safely over the stormy seas.

-Orphic Hymn (22) to Thalassa, circa 3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D. Source @ Theoi.com.


About thalassa

Occasionally doting wife, damn proud momma of two adorable children, veteran of the United States Navy, semi-steampunk bohemian beach addict from middle America, Civil War reenactor and Victorian natural history aficionado, canoeing and kayaking and paddleboarding fanatic, Unitarian Universalist and pantheistic Pagan, devotee of various aquatic deities, and practitioner of bioregional witchery View all posts by thalassa

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