Hymn I

In Praise of Antinous

Ave, ave, Antinoe!

Ave, vive, Antinoe!

Hail to Antinous, beloved of Hadrian,

born in Bithynia, deified in Egypt,

numbered among the gods, one with Osiris:

This is where life comes from!

 

Eternally beautiful, eternally beloved,

mourned by Hadrian, hymned by your worshippers,

in your eternal Barque you voyage the Otherworlds,

brilliant among the stars, pilot and beacon both:

This is where life comes from!

 

Mantinoe your mother and Hermes your father,

Serapis your grandfather and Sabazios your kinsman,

Diana your comrade and Selene your bride,

beloved of all the gods, beloved on earth:

This is where life comes from!

 

The red lotus your crown, the boar and lion

your creatures, all of history’s queers and lovers

your joyous retinue, your temples in Egypt,

throughout the Empire, in Rome:

This is where life comes from!

 

Thoth gave you his city and Bes danced for you,

the gods of Egypt gave you a throne,

you wear the lotus, the ivy, or the laurel,

Liberator, Navigator, and fairest Lover:

This is where life comes from!

 

Man become God, Emperor of Peace,

victor over the archons, lovely and fruitful,

flower and star, spider and hunter,

even at the world’s end, I am always with you.

Vel in limine mundi, Ecce!

Ego semper sum coram te!

Ave, ave, Antinoe! Ave, vive, Antinoe!

Haec est unde vita venit!

This is where life comes from!