Wednesday, May 04, 2016


Praesens Deus

Hermocles of Cyzicus (?), Hymn to Demetrius Poliorcetes, lines 15-20, tr. Jon D. Mikalson, Religion in Hellenistic Athens (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), p. 95:
The other gods are either far distant,
or do not have ears,
or do not exist or pay no attention to us,
but we see you present,
not made of stone or wood, but real.
We pray to you...

ἄλλοι μὲν ἢ μακρὰν γὰρ ἀπέχουσιν θεοί,
    ἢ οὐκ ἔχουσιν ὦτα,
ἢ οὐκ εἴσιν, ἢ οὐ προσέχουσιν ἡμῖν οὐδὲ ἕν,
    σὲ δὲ παρόνθ᾿ ὁρῶμεν,
οὐ ξύλινον οὐδὲ λίθινον, ἀλλ᾿ ἀληθινόν.
    εὐχόμεσθα δή σοι...
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