Demeter 4

And the Lady Mother Demeter heard her.

And a sharp pain seized her heart. The headband on her hair

she tore off with her own immortal hands

and threw a dark cloak over her shoulders.

She sped off like a bird, soaring over land and sea,

looking and looking. But no one was willing to tell her the truth,

not one of the gods, not one of the mortal humans,

not one of the birds, messengers of the truth.

Thereafter, for nine days did the Lady Demeter

wander all over the earth, holding torches ablaze in her hands.

Not once did she take of ambrosia and nectar, sweet to drink,

in her grief, nor did she bathe her skin in water.

[39-50]


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