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Votive hymn to the divine Faustina

Divine Faustina, august, eternal, in you succeeding ages have saluted a holy icon of women’s majesty. Belovèd in life, belovèd in death, on eagle’s wings borne to heaven, eternal goddess forevermore, your numen was adored by crowds, your sacred image … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to the divine Antoninus Pius

Divine lord Antoninus, famed for pious deeds, a second Numa living thou wert felt to be: attuned to what is right, judicious, kindly, wise. Thy course provides for humankind a guide to good and upright governance for aye. With clemency … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Libertas

To you, Liberty, were these states in their infancy dedicated—a solemn offering in revolutionary times by delegates anxious for what might be, anxious to secure the goodwill of Providence: to you, Liberty, were their commonwealths consecrated and in you were … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Columbia

Long ago, we hear from ancients, Ocean’s depths were roiled and eddied: out from sea the mighty turtle rose and lifted up its substance, making permanent its homestead ’twixt Atlantic and Pacific, ’twixt the Gulf and Arctic waters. Ridges rose … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Hercules Saxsanus

Beset by foes on every side, alone amidst the knavish host without a hope of mortal aid, O Hercules, you raised your voice to Jove your kindly sire for help— you, victor though you ever were, did not disdain to … Continue reading

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Votive hymn to Diana Sancta

O holy Diana of woods and groves, Diana of hidden paths and safe houses, Diana of the moon and stars, Diana of the Drinking Gourd and the mossy bark, Diana, friend of all who seek freedom, nurturer of all that … Continue reading

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Six votive hymns for the Blue Wave

Ancient religious practice frequently revolved around the making and fulfilling of vows. One prays to a certain deity for a certain purpose, promising to perform this-or-that pious act if the outcome is as desired. In that spirit, I vowed to … Continue reading

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