Agon for Minerva and Apollo – Entry #9
Hymn to Minerva
by J. Lawrence
Hail Minerva, dignified, regal,
Enthroned in stately splendor among Your kin;
to You this day we offer all honor and praise,
and sing our adorations of Your many gifts to us.
Goddess of wisdom, we revere You;
we bow and adore You, ever-thankful,
Raising our voices in grateful hymn.
In Your name were books written, lectures given,
libraries raised to hold the words of
thousands of men and women You inspired.
Goddess of a thousand arts, we revere You;
You who rule over all the arts,
Guiding all craftsmen, all painters,
all who spin, weave with wool,
And those who raise their voices
In poetry, story, and song.
Goddess of strategy and of arms, You inspire
those warriors who take up arms against our foes.
Lady of a million battles, You have shown us
that winning a war consists not merely of
more men and weapons than our enemies,
but the tactics to use them with sense, as well.
Daughter of Metis, we revere You;
All-wise, all-brilliant, all-giving, all-strong;
You are Your mother’s daughter,
and never shall we cease to sing your glories.