Hestia

A historical prayer to Hestia

I’ve been reading Greek Hymns: The Texts in Translation by William Furleely and Jan Bremer and came across a very lovely prayer to Hestia, written by one Aristonoos from Corinth during the 4th century BCE:

Holy Queen of Sanctity,
we hymn you, Hestia, whose abiding realm
is Olympus and the middle point of earth
and the Delphic laurel tree!
You dance around Apollo’s towering temple
rejoicing both in the tripod’s mantic voices
and when Apollo sounds the seven strings
of his golden phorminx and, with you,
sings the praises of the feasting gods.
We salute you, daughter of Kronos
and Rhea, who alone brings firelight
to the sacred altars of the gods;
Hestia, reward our prayer, grant
wealth obtained in honesty; then we shall always
dance around your glistening throne.

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