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Post  Daedalus on Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:21 am

...to Lady Athena. She is one of the main deities I worship and I would like to honor her by singing a hymn in my daily worship. If someone could please post a Hymn, I would be very grateful. Thanks!
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Post  Erodius on Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:46 am

There should be several already among the various threads in this forum, and of course, there are also the hymns from the Homeric cycle, and from the Orphic Teletæ. The Orphic Teletæ, however, are understandably aligned to the theology of the Orphic religion, which can be considerably different from 'Homeric type' forms of Classical religion. They can be admittedly disorienting for someone who isn't familiar with Orphism.

There is a *lot* of information available on this forum, and there have been numerous discussions of many different topics since we started up back in the spring. Honest questions are always welcome, but, with all due respect, it is good to make sure what you want has not already been answered.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

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All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
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Re: Can someone please post a hymn

Post  Daedalus on Sun Nov 17, 2013 3:16 am

I had looked but I could not find one. I am sorry if I was an inconvenience though.

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Post  Erodius on Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:29 pm

There are a few posted — but there are several others.

Here I have compiled for you the Palladian hymns from all of the major hymn cycles:

FROM THE ORPHIC TELETÆ:

32. Of Pallas
Incense: aromatics
translated by Erodius
Pallas born alone, holy offspring of great Zas,
Divine, blessed goddess, war-raising, strong-spirited,
Unspoken, spoken, famed, cave-dwelling,
You govern the hills and towering heights
And the shadowy mountains, and You delight Your senses in wooded glades,  
Delighting in arms, rousing the souls of mortal men to possession,
Exerting maid, having awesome spirit,
Gorgon-slayer, bed-shunning, mother rich in offspring,
Encourager, ferocious unto evils, but attentive to the good,
You manifest indeed both masculine and feminine, O war-bringing Metis,
Multiform, dragoness, philentheous, splendidly-honored,
Destroyer of Phlegraean Gigantes, horse-driver,
Tritogeneia, dispeller of evils, victory-bringing daemon,
Through days and nights ever into the small hours,
Hear me as I pray, grant abundant peace,
And youthful Health through plentiful seasons,
O grey-eyed, inventor of arts, queen sought in many prayers.

FROM THE PROCLAN HYMNS:

VII. To Pallas
Hearken to me, child of aegis-bearing Jove,
sprung forth from the paternal source
and from the top of Your series, male-spirited, shield-bearing, of great strength,
from a mighty sire, Pallas, Tritogeneia, lance-brandisher, golden-helmeted, hearken;
Accept this hymn, mistress, with a kind spirit,
do not just leave my words at the mercy of the winds,
You, who opened the gates of wisdom trodden by the Gods,
and overcame the tribe of the earthly Giants which fought the Gods;
You, who guarded the unconquerable girdle of Your virginity
by fleeing the desire of the amorous Vulcan;
You, who saved the heart, as yet un-chopped, of lord Bacchus in the vault of heaven,
when He was once divided up by the hands of the Titans,
and brought it to His Father, in order that, through the ineffable wishes of his begetter,
a new Bacchus would grow again from Semele around the cosmos;
Your axe, by cutting off at the roots the heads of all-seeing Trivia's animals of passions,
put asleep the process of becoming;
You, who loved the revered power of the mortal-awaking virtues;
You, who adorned our whole life with many kinds of skills
by casting Noëric craftsmanship into souls;
You, who obtained the Acropolis on the high-crested hill,
a symbol, Mistress, of the top of Your great series;
You who loved the man-feeding land, mother of books,
strongly resisting the holy desire of Your father’s brother,
and granted the city to have Your name and noble mind —
there, under the top edge of the mountain,
You made an olive- tree sprout up
as manifest sign of that battle for posterity too,  
when an immense gulf stirred up from the sea
came upon the children of Cecrops, directed by Neptune,
lashing all things with its loud-roaring streams.
Hearken to me You, from whose face flashes forth holy light.
Give me, as I am roaming around the earth, a blessed harbor,
give my soul holy light from Your sacred myths, and wisdom, and love.
Breathe into my love a power so great and of such a kind
that it pulls me up back again from the vaults of matter to Olympus,
into the abode of Your father. And if some grievous error in my life overpowers me —
for I know how I am buffeted by many and various unholy actions from different sides, offences which I committed with a foolish spirit —
be gracious, mild-counseling Goddess, preserver of mortals;
Do not let me become prey and spoil for the horrible Punishments lying on the ground, since I profess to belong to You.
Give steady and propitious health to my limbs,
and drive the herds of bitter, flesh-wasting illnesses away, yes, I beg You, my Queen,
and stop with Your immortal hand the entire misery of black pains.
Give calm winds to the voyage of my life,
children, a spouse, fame, happiness, lovely joy, persuasion, conversations with friends, nimble wit, power against my enemies, a place of prominence among the people.
Hearken, hearken, mistress, I come to You in deep supplication, through pressing necessity. And You, lend me a gentle ear.

FROM THE PLETHONIC HYMNS:

Eighth Monthly Hymn to Minerva [Ἀθηνή]
Minerva, Lady, Thou who protectest and guidest the form of matter undivided,
Thou art its own creator after Poseidon of wide majesty
Who draws from Thee the whole form;
Thou art the cause of all simultaneously-generated movements;
Thou repellest the unnecessary from everything
And therefore also from us,
And every time we make mistakes like fools, bring us back,
O Goddess, through intelligence, raising our heart to what is appropriate.

FROM THE HOMERIC HYMNS:

XI. To Pallas Athene
Of Pallas Athene, guardian of the city, I begin to sing.
Dread is she, and with Ares she loves deeds of war, the sack of cities and the shouting and the battle.
It is she who saves the people as they go out to war and come back.
Hail, goddess, and give us good fortune with happiness!

XXVIII. To Pallas Athene
I begin to sing of Pallas Athene, the glorious goddess, bright-eyed, inventive, unbending of heart, pure virgin, savior of cities, courageous, Tritogeneia. From his awful head wise Zeus himself bare her arrayed in warlike arms of flashing gold, and awe seized all the gods as they gazed. But Athene sprang quickly from the immortal head and stood before Zeus who holds the aegis, shaking a sharp spear: great Olympus began to reel horribly at the might of the bright-eyed goddess, and earth round about cried fearfully, and the sea was moved and tossed with dark waves, while foam burst forth suddenly: the bright Son of Hyperion stopped his swift-footed horses a long while, until the maiden Pallas Athene had stripped the heavenly armor from her immortal shoulders. And wise Zeus was glad.
And so hail to you, daughter of Zeus who holds the aegis! Now I will remember you and another song as well.

I am sorry if I was an inconvenience though.
Of course not. I'm just blunt, and I don't beat around the bush. I'm really very rarely angry with anybody.

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-Iulianic Hymn to Apollon-Helios, ll. 65-106

"Having come for punishment, one must be punished. One must not pull apart the god within oneself."
-Iamblichus, Vita Pythagorica

"Truth would you teach, or save a sinking land,
All hear, none aid you, and few understand."
-Alexander Pope


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Re: Can someone please post a hymn

Post  Daedalus on Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:28 pm

Thank you, this really helps with daily worship.
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