Image: The Corinthian Temple of Hecate – Sanctuary of Hecate in Lagina 2nd century BC. Caria, Turkey.
Orphic Hymn (1) to Hecate
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.”