Demeter 2

I begin to sing of Demeter, the holy goddess with the beautiful hair.

And her daughter Persephone too. The one with the delicate ankles, whom Hadês

seized. She was given away by Zeus, the loud-thunderer, the one who sees far and wide.

Demeter did not take part in this, she of the golden double-axe, she who glories in the harvest.

Persephone was having a good time, along with the daughters of Okeanos, who wear their girdles slung low.

She was picking flowers: roses, crocus, and beautiful violets.

Up and down the soft meadow. Iris blossoms too she picked, and hyacinth.

And the narcissus, which was grown as a lure for the flower-faced girl

by Gaia [Earth]. All according to the plans of Zeus. Gaia was doing a favor for Hadês who receives many guests.

The narcissus was a wondrous thing in its splendor. To look at it gives a sense of holy awe

to the immortal gods as well as mortal humans.

It has a hundred heads growing from the root up.

Its sweet fragrance spread over the wide skies up above.

And the earth below smiled back in all its radiance. So too the churning mass of the salty sea.

Persephone was filled with a sense of wonder, and she reached out with both hands

to take hold of the pretty plaything. And the earth, full of roads leading every which way, opened up under her.

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