Hymni Homerici in Cererem Prima Pars

Ovid includes a version of the Demeter/Persephone story in Book 4 of the Fasti, so I thought it might be nice to look at A.F. Didot’s 1833 Latin translation of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Here are the opening lines with the accompanying Latin:

Δήμητρ’ ἠΰκομον, σεμνὴν θεὸν, ἄρχομ’ ἀείδειν,
αὐτὴν, ἠδὲ θύγατρα τανύσφυρον, ἣν Ἀϊδωνεὺς
ἥρπαξεν, δῶκεν δὲ βαρύκτυπος εὐρύοπα Ζεὺς,
νόσφιν Δήμητρος χρυσαόρου, ἀγλαοκάρπου,
παίζουσαν κούρῃσι σὺν Ὠκεανοῦ βαθυκόλποις,
ἄνθεά τ’ αἰνυμένην, ῥόδα καὶ κρόκον ἠδ’ ὑάκινθον,
νάρκισσόν θ’, ὃν φῦσε δόλον καλυκώπιδι κούρῃ
Γαῖα, Διὸς βουλῇσι, χαριζομένη Πολυδέκτῃ,
θαυμαστὸν γανόωντα, σέβας δέ τε πᾶσιν ἰδέσθαι
ἀθανάτοις τε θεοῖς ἠδὲ θηντοῖς ἀνθρώποις.·
τοῦ καὶ ἀπὸ ῥίζης ἑκατὸν κάρα ἐξεπεφύκει·
κηώδει δ‘ ὀδμῇ πᾶς τ’ οὐρανὸς εὐρὺς ὕπερθεν
γαῖά τε πᾶσ’ ἐγέλασσε καὶ ἁλμυρὸν οἶδμα θαλάσσης.

Cererem crine-decoram, venerandam deam, ordior canere,
ipsam, et filiam teretem-pedes, quam Pluto
rapuit, dedit autem grave-sonans late-cernens Jupiter,
seorsum a-Cerere aureo-solio-indidente, pulchrum fructum praebente,
ludentem cum filiabus Oceani pepla-profundo-sinu-indutis,
flores legentem, rosas et crocum et violas pulcras,
per molle pratum, et gladiolos et hyacinthum,
narcissumque, quem produxit fraudem roseae puellae
Terra, Jovis voluntate, gratificans Orco,
mire laetum, quo-stupuerunt tunc omnes intuentes,
tam dii immortales quam mortales homines:
cuius adeo ex radice centum capita excreverant,
et fragrante odore omne coelum latum superne
terraque omnis ridebat et salsus aestus aequoris.

From A.F. Didot’s Homeri Carmina http://bit.ly/1bcRBAv

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