Hephaistos’ Month of Devotional Thought: Day 25 – Sharing a Time Hephaistos Helped Me

Χαίρετε ἀναγνώστες!

Today I should share with you a time Hephaistos has helped me. Problem is… there is no such occasion – that I am aware of. I have never worshipped him much beyond occasionally honouring him specifically, otherwise just including him when I make offerings “to All the Gods”. Therefore, like with Hera’s Month of Devotional Thought, I will share today the Orphic Hymn to Hephaistos today.

In original Hellenic:

Ἥφαιστ’ ὀμβριμόθυμε, μεγασθενές, ἀκάματον πῦρ,
λαμπόμενε φλογέαις αὐγαῖς, φαεσίμβροτε δαῖμον,
φωσφόρε, καρτερόχειρ, αἰώνιε, τεχνοδίαιτε,
ἐργαστήρ, κόσμοιο μέρος, στοιχεῖον ἀμεμφές,
παμφάγε, πανδαμάτωρ, πανυπέρτατε, παντοδίαιτε,
αἰθήρ, ἥλιος, ἄστρα, σελήνη, φῶς ἀμίαντονἦ
ταῦτα γὰρ Ἡφαίστοιο μέλη θνητοῖσι προφαίνει.
πάντα δὲ οἶκον ἔχεις, πᾶσαν πόλιν, ἔθνεα πάντα,
σώματά τε θνητῶν οἰκεῖς, πολύολβε, κραταιέ.
κλῦθι, μάκαρ, κλήιζω σε πρὸς εὐιέρους ἐπιλοιβάς,
αἰεὶ ὅπως χαίρουσιν ἐπ’ ἔργοις ἥμερος ἔλθοις.
παῦσον λυσσῶσαν μανίαν πυρὸς ἀκαμάτοιο
καῦσιν ἔχων φύσεως ἐν σώμασιν ἡμετέροισιν.
And the poetic translation of Thoma Taylor, which is no longer copyrighted:
Strong, mighty Vulcan [Hephaistos], bearing splendid light,
unweary’d fire, with flaming torrents bright:
Strong-handed, deathless, and of art divine,
pure element, a portion of the world is thine:
All-taming artist, all-diffusive pow’r,
’tis thine supreme, all substance to devour:
Æther, Sun, Moon, and Stars, light pure and clear,
for these thy lucid parts to men appear.
To thee, all dwellings, cities, tribes belong,
diffus’d thro’ mortal bodies bright and strong.
Hear, blessed power, to holy rites incline,
and all propitious on the incense shine:
Suppress the rage of fires unweary’d frame,
and still preserve our nature’s vital flame.
That will be all for today.
Ἔρρωσο.
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