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Hymn XXI: To Antinous and Diana

Who is the man, or who is the god, who is favored
by Diana? Who can please the white-clad huntress,
swift of foot and swift of bow, chaste and just,
aloof and severe, surrounded by nymphs and
beasts of the chase? Only the one who, like Antinous,
also follows the hunt as master of the hounds,
who does not trespass on the goddess’ privacy
nor claim that which is not his right, the male
who extends his hand in friendship and delights
in comradeship, not scorning the fellowship
of woman or goddess, not despising the love
between women. Hail, Antinous, beloved of
Hadrian, Antinous Kynegetikos, favored of Diana!
Hail, Diana, goddess of Nemi and Lanuvium,
bright as the moonlight, mistress of the forest,
friend to those who earn her trust!


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2 thoughts on “Hymn XXI: To Antinous and Diana

  1. Very good!

    Though, in the context of Antinous as Kynegetikos, “master of hounds,” and likewise Diana, you certainly could have mentioned Sparky the Wonder-Dog. đŸ˜‰

    (I’ll be writing about one of Sparky’s relatives tomorrow, actually!)


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