Hymn XV

To Antinous Apollon, Liberator

Brightest of gods and fairest, purest of gods

and noblest, Antinous Apollon, far-shooter,

lyre-player, Muse-leader, health-giver,

you are the liberator because you are

the purifier, your rays shining through us

like lasers, searching and burning out

ill health, impurity, falsehood–temper

your light with warmth, your power with

compassion, python-killer, sybil-speaker,

lest you wound those who worship you

lest the cure exceed the disease.