‘Hymn to Pallas Athena’


‘La Danse Triomphale de Pallas Athene’ by Carlo Sarrabezolles.

1. And thou, Athena, blue-eyed virgin, Mistress of the Air, eagle-headed, who givest to all bodies the breath of life:

2. Immaculate mother of the word of prophecy, symbol of the holy essence, goddess of the aegis and of the spear:

3. Spirit of the whirlwind, secret breather of wisdom, fortifier of the soul, inspirer of armies:

4. Shining maid, by whose spear we vanquish, for interior wisdom trusteth all things through; by whose shields we are covered, for interior purity preserveth from all contagion:

5. By thine aid, O Athena, strong and undefiled, by thine aid the hero overcometh in the battle.

6. By thine aid, O armed and winged wisdom, thy servant shall smite the lust of the world.

7. Upon whose beauty, whoso looketh, is changed into stone; who feedeth upon the souls of men.

8. Be praised, O Athena, thou and thy wheel; be praised in the great and the small, in the outer and the inner, invisible and immaculate Spirit of Life!

Note by the author:

By the contemplation of wisdom man acquires wisdom, the highest product of which is the ‘philosophical stone’ of a spirit perfectly quiescent, and inaccessible to assault whether from within or from without. By wisdom, too, the soul is attracted and absorbed. The mystical meaning of the head of the Gorgon Medusa is thus-a customary in mystical presentations-the opposite of the apparent meaning.

Author: Anna Bonus Kingsford / Source: ‘Clothed with the Sun’, George Redway, 1889

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