G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

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G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:34 am

I release this as I develop it, work in progress (!) For now for the Republic, may be released as book later on. But for use or inspiration I release the WIP as it develops.
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PAEAN FLORII

Hymns and Prayers to the Gods
for the Comfort and Uplifting of every Roman Cultor


in honor for House Florius
by Gaius Florius Aetius
begun in 2770 AUC


I

(A Morning Prayer to Apollon as the rising sun)


Arise oh bright sun, at the Dawn of the Day,
Enlighten the path now ahead of my way,
Praise to Apollo, oh Lord of my Life,
For thee and thy blessing I always will strife.

The new day you grant us as gracious gift,
I relish thy sunlight now soaring so swift.
Discard, Oh Apollo the Shadows of Night,
Deliver to us thy benevolent Light!

So hail to Apollon this morning anew,
As thou risest above heavenly blue,
Of all that is good the herald thou art,
Awaken the light anew in mine heart.



II

(An Evening Prayer to Apollon during sunset)


Sun in the West thy final farewell,
Soon in the realm of dusk I shall dwell,
I thank thee Apollon, thy splendor aglow
I shall keep in my heart as the shadows will grow.

May once more the chord of thine music resound,
As I relish thy bliss in my heart so profound,
Thanking what blessings you gave me this day
And return us tomorrow anew, as I pray.

Lord Apollon the bright, thy light so sublime
Is even with us in the darkest night-time;
Thy kindly splendor, is enshrined in my heart,
So the flicker remains even when you depart.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

- Cicero
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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

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III

(A devotional to Nox, the Goddess of Night)

The last rays of the evening sun
Are devoured by shadows,
The restless business, the raging mass,
the flood of images and noise
are dead.
Thou hast swallowed them, Nox.

It's the time of the darkness
Where I am one with myself.
At peace in thy arms, Lady Night.

No spotlight poiting at me, asking questions,
No complaining of the lamenting reaches my heart.
There is no doubt disturbs the purity
In the night.

Sink over me,
black night,
and cover my soul in silence,
of infinite tranquility
of the dark.

Night was home always,
darkness, not a source of fear;
But holy healing time,
since I am no longer mere men,
but all shadow.

When the wings of the spirit spread their wings,
If the boundaries of
Me and I, mine and yours, here and there
Dissolve in the silence of the night,
then I am really only myself.

There is no place for people.
The night knows neither reason still restless striving,
the slavery of the Because,
the greed for success - results!
It is the purity of the silent futility.


Woe to you children of the day,
that you do not lose yourself in dazzling light,
for feeling inadequately yourselves,
do you no longer know yourself.
Firmly clenched together
You have no freedom of movement.
Looking rigidly to the light
Do not you see yourselves,
as you worship the idols:
Reason, truth, importance.

Oh Nox, Lady of Night, let me be like the old man,
which turns away from the storm of days,
Let me rest in silence, where I myself am enough.
Let the confusion of speaking,
End in the peace of silence.

Yours Oh Lady Nox is the Night,
Graciously sharing your blessing with me.
The evening's red border marks your realm,
which only is pased by the bravest,
who does not fear the Night
which is in him.
Has the wind at night not called the reward of the Night?

The Night is the way of the extreme darkness.
But at the end through her embrance you will know:
Who you really are.



IV

(Devotional to Venus for Lovers)

Holy Mother Venus,
In sacred Night, there are two stars
Separated - they would wish to be united,
In the eternal blessing of thee,
Deep is their longing to each other.

The coveted goddess appears
Distant like the light of the nightly moon,
And the loving soul dreams,
When Venus forsakes not the blessing.

Lady Venus, listen to me,
For you have given strength to the heart,
That I should wall with the beloved together
United in the eternal life.
Softly this powerful love flourishes,
That stands high above all things.
Unstoppable, glorious desire,
Through which the whole of creation is moved.

In Rome, Pompeii and Baalbek,
Worship cometh to thee in song and dance
Oh much beloved Lady Venus!
Brush off my heart's distress
You who gave such hope.

Your beauty and love, like an overflowing cup
Share you gentle with the love of my heart,
Replacing my soul's bitterness
With thy unending gift of love!
Great Venus, who placed love into my heart,
Place it also in the heart of a beloved mine!
So dreadful pain of being alone
Through thy grace my two destinies become as one!

In sacred Night, there are two stars
Separated - they would wish to be united,
Has Lady Venus wrought the wonder,
To unite the divided, graciously though her blessing!
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

- Cicero
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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:35 am

V

(A prayer to Apollo for Lovers)


The course of the short night gave birth
to the High Gods most dearest;
The distant stars are flashing clearly,
and the morning trumpets are heard,
The wise Hora sing; bright is the sound of their voices,
They sing at the dawn of the new things to come.

As the first ray of the sun blesses the earthly green,
Promising me warmth of love at last,
So let the shadows upon my soul flee.
The sun king is crowned, forging the destiny,
Spoiling us earthly children with goods,
Banishing the cold late into winter.

Sun-god Apollon, hear me,
Let your light always shine upon me;
Heavenly light, I call you, let me laugh, never cry!
From this time onward,
I will gladly walk over the meadows, wide planes,
To see your summer dance gentle and kind!

May thou, Apoll the beloved, be gracious to mine heart,
That in your light I should not dance alone, so sad;
So may you whisper to the beloved of my soul,
That I hold his hand and we dance as one!

Might no God above and below stand between us
And thy beloved Light, Apollo Soter,
Thou who art bountiful in pouring out blessing
Upon us, thy children!
Dividing with your arrows what does not belong,
Uniting with soft silken bond, what finds the heavenly blessing,
Rewarding patience and tenacity,
As I bend my soul to thy will.

Let thou great Apoll, the false and the ruthless fall,
As thy presence alone banishes shadow and lie,
But what is wrought in true love and unity,
Bring unto me so my life is crowned with thy gifts!

Lord Apoll, with gentle Venus at thy right
And keen Eros at thy left,
Bless me to walk beloved with the companion through life,
Righteous and whole, in the true beloved's embrace.
For as the summer passes us mortals too swiftly to fall
In winter's chill and cold autumn winds
Remains then thy gift of loyal love!



VI

(To Mars, a prayer to remove doubt)

Why is there an eternal doubt?
Implanted by dark shadows,
Deep in soul, mind and heart,
Gloomily, causing me pain?

Help, Mars, O God of the Battle,
That anxiety never succeeds,
To dissuade me from deeds!
Defeating my hope,
Shall never succeed.

I shall pledge myself to thee, Mars
Thy service that I complete,
That which I started.
Vigor grant me so that dark is turned to flame!

Be it for creation,
Be it for destruction,
May my action always serve
Thy righteous design!

Give me courage and strong action,
For only this can change,
What fate did not conceive,
Is won by bold action!
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:36 am

VII

(A small prayer to Jupiter for good fortune)

Sunlight in the sky above
Radiant, as the light of the soul;
Let me praise you, O father Jove,
God king, do not hesitate,

Your blessing should be poured
Upon us at this time;
Protect us from fright,
Rich gentleman of serenity.

Your goodness is praised each day,
The stars whisper your name
Awe-inspiring, the wide plains,
Consecrated where you walked!

Remember O Heavenly Jupiter
To guide your son's way;
Be my generous counselor for
Abundance, happiness and love!




VIII

(Hymn to Cupid)

Love flows and carries
Fights desperately;
Rots, perhaps, unattended.

Love hurls forward,
Unbeknownst,
Aimless and without goal, at times.
Leaving behind
Dead Deserts.

Love blazes ecstatically,
Glows soothing in dark days,
Consumed in Passion
Leaving only ash
of the life before.

God Cupid, flaming, flowing free,
Listen to my swelling song,
Flowing from my heart
to thy honor,
burning from the passion
to my beloved!

You approach and bless without intent,
Hurrying unseen,
Filling me with longing,
Satiated only
By the beloved's presence.

You approach and bless without thought,
Coming unseen,
So my eyes shine with desire,
So let my beloved's eyes shine the same,
Lest darkness would devour me.

Let me hold my beloved's hand,
Lest I should fall into the abyss.

Let me kiss my beloved's lips,
Lest I am consumed by flame.

Let me sink into my beloved's arms,
Lest I should not fall into death,
But die into into the heart
of the Beloved.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:37 am

IX

(A Hymn to Saturn in old age)


The sun is fading, shadow falls, the dusk is hanging low
A final spark within mine heart – what will the night bestow?
The sickle moon is fading here, the darkness' only light,
An old screech whimpers in the tree, its moan enchants the night.

I flee away as shadows fall, away this towering room,
My life is fleeing fast with time, now all is lonesome gloom.
I walk the streets I knew so well, in winters cold and frost,
My happiness has gone away and all I loved is lost.

I lived with feast and festival with dance and song and wine,
When sun was high and spring was new, and all the world was mine.
The Golden Times, a memory now, like thine Saturn, have past,
And I bemoan oh King of Old that Golden Times not last.

I walk a thousand highways, and went a thousand ways,
So many miles and seasons, through many nights and days,
To find what my heart's yearning, the Paradise we knew,
The perfect good of balance, the blessed days from you.

With them I know that I belong, so true by soul and heart,
Divided now by destiny and cruelly torn apart,
I seek the path where I return with all I knew so well,
In ever spring and happiness, forever I shall dwell.

I shout it out through winter's night, so dark and grim and cold,
So may Saturn deliver us back in the Age of Gold!
May we return, forever blessed, into the Timeless Spring,
And we live on under thy guide, where time will have no sting.

The harsh wind scatters far my voice, and carries it away
And while the rough and cold nights reign, I shall await the day.
And may Saturn be witness, as shattered is my call:
The day will lift me up again where never shadows fall.


X

(To Asclepius for health)

To honor you, O mighty Asclepius,
I write this song to you;
For you alone can ward off the disease,
and work to keep me healthy at all times.

Son of might Apoll, beloved among mortals
Thou guidest the hand of the healers
Living risen to the mighty Gods as herald.

If your favorite is in peril,
You hasten to him, giving hope and strength.
You noble Asclepius
Are praised by the benevolence of your deeds.
Your bounty, I beg you, do not withdraw.

Through you all live flourishes,
You God of abundance and care,
You are the light of the living
The hope of the distraught.

Often you gave the strength to endure,
And behold, under your guide,
I grew back in health and vigor!
You were guiding the hand of the healer
To my fortune.

Oh let your blessing be with me,
That all the demons of corruption and ill,
May flee from here,
May all sickness be purged out of me
Under your guiding light,
So that all man praise thy name,
Son of Apollon,
And we suffer no pain.

Grant us noble recovery,
Give with kindness balm to men,
Let us not fall to death at this day,
So we praise thy name Asclepius
And the benevolent Gods!



XI

(A thanks to Apollon for salvation)


Mighty Apollon, light of the world,
I shall thank you, for your salvation.
You have stood at my side when the shadows of despair
Threatened to overcome me!
When fear and pain, wrought by an evil destiny
Were too much to bear,
You took me in thy gentle embrace,
When I was alone and my heart full of sorrow,
Through your gifts of music and art,
I found comfort and peace!

Even when I was walking the darkest roads,
And wicked people beset me,
Waiting in glee for my fall,
You lifted up my feet, so I walked safe over the dark Abyss.
Your arrows of light cast them down
Who had laid me a pit in their wicked way,
Wanting to drag me down.
But I placed my life in the hand of Apollo's light,
Into his light of Truth and calm Virtue!

When anger arose, by virtuous and wicked,
When Chaos was everywhere,
I remembered your wise council.
Know thyself. All things in moderation.
You have opened my mind to learn and to grow,
To center my heart and soul in peace,
To stay on the path of Virtue,
But avoid the pitfall of hubris,
For thy light is gentle, and thy word is kind.

You have loved those who follow your ways
From early on, and you will guide those,
Who seek you out,
To the end and beyond.

When I was sick and frail,
Thy blessing was with me to endure,
And if even the abyss itself might open around me
I shall not fear and despair,
For thy hand, Apoll, will guide me,
And thy light shall open the path to my salvation.

Often times, I saw those, forsaking the Light of the Gods,
In their hubris and anger, they said,
We do not need the guidance of the Gods,
With avarice and self-righteousness
They wanted to lift themselves as masters above the the world!
And they gathered plenty in their brutality.

But I rested calm on the blessing of Apoll,
In peace and calm, I trusted his beloved light.
And see, his arrows cast down the wicked,
And the arrogant were burned by flame,
And their creations were made a plaything of the winds.

I walked on the firm path of virtue,
I trust into truth and piety,
I trained myself hard in the arts and the wisdom
As was given by you,
And see, my heart was lifted up in rapture.
I as held the covenant of old, so my heart and my mind
Were opened, and my soul filled with the peace of your Light.

Lord Apollo Medicus,
Lord Apollo Soter,
Lord Apollo Phoebus!

As I pledge myself to you and your gentle guidance,
Teach me your light and your virtue,
So that I grow under your patronage and friendship,
So that I walk through all seasons
With calm serenity,
With peaceful bliss of you light
So that at the end of my days,
I enter the Elysium under the eternal blessing of the Gods.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Caeso Cispius Laevus » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:47 am

Sal.

Very nice contributions! A nice collection you are forming here. Bravo!
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Re: G. Florius Aetius' Book of Hymns and Prayers

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:27 am

THE TWELVEFOLD PRAYER
(by C. Florius Aetius)

Father Janus, creator of all things, Lord of Renewal,
Send thy blessing on this day unto us!

May benevolent Mother Vesta preserve our hearth
and home with the Sacred Flame;
May you oh great King Jupiter reign over us in Justice
as you oh exalted Juno reign over us in Mercy.

Mars Ultor, Protector and Avenger, be thou our shield of protection,
as thy sword casts down the wicked!
May you great Minerva open our minds to Understanding and
clarity, as Lord Neptun may bless us with depth of wisdom.

Great Earthmother Ceres, let always Nature be abundant
and rich, as we thank you for the bountiful gifts of the Earth.

Oh Mercurius, Messenger of the Gods, bless our trades and
deals, and grant us the opportunity for prosperity and good luck!

Master Vulcanus, guide us in work and let all doings of our craft
succeed, as all our work is done in your honor!

May the great Lady Venus bless our life with Love, Peace and
Happiness, as Lady Diana protect our Liberty and preserve the
weak on their path!

May our great Lord Apollo pour out his blessed Light, so that
we are guided to the Divine Order of Justice, Truth and
Benevolence!

So be it!




GERMAN VERSION:

Vater Janus, Schöpfer aller Dinge, Herr der Erneuerung,
sende uns heute Deinen Segen!

Möge die gnadenreiche Mutter Vesta unseren Herd und unsere Heimat
bewahren mit ihrer Heiligen Flamme.
Mögest Du, oh großer König Jupiter uns in Gerechtigkeit regieren, so wie die erhabene
Herrin Juno uns regiere in Gnade.

Mars Ultor, Beschützer und Rächer, sei Du unser Schild des Schutzes,
so wie dein Schwert die Übertäter niederwirft!
Möge die große Minerva unseren Geist mit Verstehen und Klarheit segnen,
sowie Herr Neptun uns segne mit Tiefe und Weisheit.

Große Erdmutter Ceres, lasse die Natur immer vielfältig und reich sein,
so wie wir dankbar sind für die reichen Gaben der Erde.

Oh Mercurius, Bote der Götter, segne unseren Handel und unsere Verträge,
und gewähre uns günstige Gelegenheiten und Glück!

Großer Meister Vulcanus, leite uns an bei der Arbeit und lasse unsere Werke
erfolgreich sein, so wie alle unsere Werke zu deinen Ehren seien!

Möge die Herrin Venus uns segnen mit Liebe, Frieden und Frohsinn,
so wie Diana unsere Freiheit schütze, und die Schwachen beschirme!

Möge unsere hoher Herr Apollo sein segensreiches Licht über uns ausbreiten,
damit wir durch die Göttliche Führung zu Gerechtigkeit, Wahrheit und Tugend gelangen!

So sei es!
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

- Cicero
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