Canto II: Convocation of the Seven
Canto II: Convocation of The Seven
[continue to Canto III]
Next summoned Turms The Seven -- Gods on high,
Who're not among The Twelve; we sing Their names.
[The following verse was sung -- grimly -- by Rapina, one of
Three brothers rule the World: the first is Tin',
The second Nethuns; Eita is the third.
Protecteth He the Dark Abode of Death,
With Phersipnei*, His fair unwilling
[Cerasus (Cherry-tree) sang this.]
The foremost Rasna God is Voltumne*,
And He controleth Vegetation all,
But most of all the trees that bear us Fruit.
While shifting shapes He wooed Pomona, loath
To wed, but soon, convinced, He won Her troth.
[Aquila, a nursing Giana, lifted her engorged breasts while she
We call the fruitful Earth our Ati Cel*.
[*Ati = Mother; Cel is analogous to Demeter or
Her ample breasts are bountiful; she hath
The Apple, and the Punic Apple* too.
With Tin and Jan'e ranketh Satre* sage,
The God of the abundance of the fields,
Pursued by Tin', Lord Jan'e took him
in.* [*in Italy]
[The next couplet was sung by Capra (She-goat).]
The Evil-Jove is Vetis*, Lord of Death
[*Vejovis, Vedjovis, Vedius]
And Devastation; He judgeth mortal souls.
Of Chance the Mistress, Cilens*, Lady
Is She who bringeth welcome Victory,
But also dread Disaster, crushing us.
Before Her, brisk retreateth even Tin'.
[The entire chorus sang together.]
Among the Seven also is the Groom.
Of Entries and of Exits, He's the Lord.
Controlleth He Departures and Returns;
Of Endings and Beginnings He's the God.
Protecteth He the bold initiative,
And aideth He communication too.
Of Jan'e, Father of our Race we sing!
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