Image: The Corinthian Temple of Hecate – Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina 2nd century BC.  Caria, Turkey.


Orphic Hymn (1) to Hecate

(trans. Taylor)

Greek Hymns c. 3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D. 



“Hekate Einodia, Trioditis, lovely Dame

Of Earthly, Watery, Celestial frame

Sepulchral, in a saffron veil arrayed

Pleased with dark ghosts that wander through the shade;

Perseis, Solitary Goddess, Hail!

The world’s Key-bearer, never doomed to fail

In stags rejoicing, Huntress, nightly seen

And drawn by bulls, Unconquerable Queen;

Leader, Nymphe, Nurse, on mountains wandering

Hear the suppliants who with Holy Rites thy power revere

And to the herdsman with a favouring mind draw near.”