Litany to Artemis

Beautiful Artemis, dark-eyed maid with tangled hair,
well-garlanded one, racing the wind through flowered fields;
playmate of the radiant nymphs, you shine more brightly
than any other, O excellent goddess.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis the chaste, maiden untouched and free
of will, unruled and unrestrained, you are your own
woman, your own mistress, forever your own self.
Artemis, ideal to which we may only aspire,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis who delights in arrows, whose shafts
of gold pour down like rain, far-working goddess
whose aim is ever true, swift-shooting bow-woman
who lets fly a hundred darts to darken the sky,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the hunting-spear, Artemis of
the bow, each shot a clear shot, each strike a deathstrike,
spiller of blood, taker of life, merciful one,
your sure and steady arm delivers an easy death.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the strong voice, clamorous one
whose bold cries echo through the forest; Artemis
whose calls strike fear into the hearts of all, you join
your sweet song with the bays of the hounds.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Artemis of the beasts, who runs with the wolf
and the deer, who knows the ways of all the wild things,
who wards the wilderness from those who would despoil
the land, who would take from it what they do not need,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Skillful Artemis, helper in childbirth, midwife
to blessed Leto, you brought your dear brother
into the world mere moments after your own
arrival, so wise and quick-witted a child were you.
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Merry-hearted Artemis who leads the dance
of the playful nymphs, your graceful feet among
the bright flowers, swift of step and wild of caper,
reveling in the songs of maidens. Artemis,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

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