Hymn to Selene XXXII
- And next, sweet voiced Muses, daughters of Zeus, well-skilled in song, tell of the long-winged Selene [Moon].
- From her immortal head a radiance is shown from heaven and embraces earth; and great is the beauty that rises from her shining light.
- The air, unlit before, glows with the light of her golden crown, and her rays beam clear, whenever bright Selene having bathed her lovely body in the waters of Okeanos [Ocean], and donned her far-gleaming, shining team, drives on her long-maned horses at full speed, at evening in the mid-month; then her great orbit is full and then her beams shine brightest as she increases.
- So she is a sure token and a sign to mortal men.
- Once the Son of Kronos [Zeus] was joined with her in love; and she conceived and bare a daughter Pandia, exceeding lovely amongst the deathless gods.
- Hail, white-armed goddess, bright Selene, mild, bright-tressed queen!
- And now I will leave you and sing the glories of men half-divine, whose deeds minstrels, the servants of the Muses, celebrate with lovely lips.
Selene and her chariot descend into the sea.
From an Attic Red-Figure drinking cup circa 490 BCE.
Altes Museum, Berlin
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