LVII. TO CUPID, OR LOVE [EROS]
The Fumigation from Aromatics.
I Call great Cupid [Eros], source of sweet delight, holy and pure, and lovely to the sight;
Darting, and wing’d, impetuous fierce desire, with Gods and mortals playing, wand’ring fire:
Cautious, and two-fold, keeper of the keys of heav’n and earth, the air, and spreading seas;
Of all that Ceres’ [Deo's] fertile realms contains, by which th’ all-parent Goddess life sustains,
Or dismal Tartarus is doom’d to keep, widely extended, or the sounding, deep;
For thee, all Nature’s various realms obey, who rul’st alone, with universal sway.
Come, blessed pow’r, regard these mystic fires, and far avert, unlawful mad desires.
(Orphic Hymn 58 to Eros (trans. Taylor) (Greek hymns C3rd B.C. to 2nd A.D.))