One for sorrow
Two for luck
Three for a wedding
Four for death
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret not to be told
Eight for heaven
Nine for hell
Ten for devil's own sell
ORPHIC HYMN 9 TO SELENE
To Selene, Fumigation from Aromatics.
Hear, goddess queen, diffusing silver light,
bull-horned, and wandering through the gloom of night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide night’s torch extending,
through the heavens you ride:
female and male, with silvery rays you shine,
and now full-orbed, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Mene,
whose amber orb makes night’s reflected noon:
lover of horses, splendid queen of night,
all-seeing power, bedecked with starry light,
lover of vigilance, the foe of strife,
in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
fair lamp of night, its ornament and friend,
who givest to nature’s works their destined end.
Queen of the stars, all-wise Goddess, hail!
Decked with a graceful robe and amble veil.
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright,
come, moony-lamp, with chaste and splendid light,
shine on these sacred rites with prosperous rays,
and pleased accept thy suppliants’ mystic praise.