Hail to the Cow-Eyed One
Joyful Hathor, Beloved of all the Gods,
Divine Midwife, Nurse of Horus.
Great Hathor, you are more than the Lady of Love
Golden One, You are the Mistress of All Good Things
Lady of Cheerfulness, Goddess of beer
Lady of Beauty, Mistress of Myrrh
You dance in the Temple precinct
Shaking the sistrum, in time to the rhythm of the drums
Delighting the suppleness of Your body
For movement and music are sacred to You, Goddess of Joy in all Forms.
You are the Brilliant One in the Sky
The House of Horus, Who shelters the Sun
You are the Great Cow
Who nourishes the world.
You are the Universal One,
Nebet Nuhet, the Lady of the Sycamore
Who provides cool water from Your breasts to rejuvenate the dead
And Who shelters the soul in Your branches, before the spirit’s rebirth.
You are Goddess of miners also,
Mistress of Malachite, Lady of Turquoise,
She Who wears the menit-necklace
The sacred turquoise stones.
Lady of success, Goddess of wealth,
I am aware that these precious stones are not merely sacred to You,
But are a piece of Your spirit embodied.
You are the Mistress of Strength, too
The Feline One Among Women
For You are the gentle face of Sekhmet
Mistress of Terror, Whose Fire is Great,
Eye of Ra and Hand of Atum
Who Defends Her Father from Those Who Rebel Against Him,
You are Healer and Destroyer both
The One of Numerous Aspects,
Great in Divinity.
You are the Powerful One in Dendera
The Powerful One in Edfu
The Powerful One in Rolla, Missouri
The Powerful One in All Her Names.