To Aphrodite Bakcheios

Raise a glass in honor of the mistress of the feast
wine-loving and frenzied Goddess of wet grace
who revels with Nymphs in river-fed grottoes
whose dancing feet excite the pulse of life in all creation
who leads the wild beasts as they roam through primordial forests
who laughs in the darkness and can bring to completion with just a smile.
Heart-render, tomb-haunter, hunger and fire
and the fathomless depths of the sea, maenadic Aphrodite
who wields the scourge of the mysteries, hail to thee!