Aedes Apollinis (Nova Roma)

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Aedes Apollinis

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I will remember and not be unmindful of Apollo who shoots afar. As he goes through the house of Zeus, the Gods tremble before him and all spring up from their seats when he draws near, as he bends his bright bow. But Leto alone stays by the side of Zeus who delights in thunder; and then she unstrings his bow, and closes his quiver, and takes his archery from his strong shoulders in her hands and hangs them on a golden peg against a pillar of his father's house. Then she leads him to a seat and makes him sit: and the Father gives him nectar in a golden cup welcoming his dear son, while the other Gods make him sit down there, and queenly Leto rejoices because she bore a mighty son and an archer. Rejoice, blessed Leto, for you bore glorious children, the Lord Apollo and Artemis who delights in arrows; her in Ortygia, and him in rocky Delos, as you rested against the great mass of the Cynthian hill hard by a palm-tree by the streams of Inopus. Homeric Hymn to our Patron, Apollo


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