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Rhymes A La Mode - Invocation of Isis Post by :Deafbiz Category :Poems Author :Andrew Lang Date :February 2012 Read :3762

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Rhymes A La Mode - Invocation of Isis

Invocation of Isis

(Apuleius, Metamorph. XI.)


Thou that art sandalled on immortal feet
With leaves of palm, the prize of Victory;
Thou that art crowned with snakes and blossoms sweet,
Queen of the silver dews and shadowy sky,
I pray thee by all names men name thee by!
Demeter, come, and leave the yellow wheat!
Or Aphrodite, let thy lovers sigh!
Or Dian, from thine Asian temple fleet!

Or, yet more dread, divine Persephone
From worlds of wailing spectres, ah, draw near;
Approach, Selene, from thy subject sea;
Come, Artemis, and this night spare the deer:
By all thy names and rites I summon thee;
By all thy rites and names, Our Lady, hear!

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