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Artisans, raise high the roof beam!
Tall is the bridegroom as Ares,
Taller by far than the tallest,
            O Hymenæus!

Ay! towering over his fellows,
As over men of all other
Lands towers the Lesbian singer,
            O Hymenæus!

Well-favored, too, is the maiden,
Eyes that are sweeter than honey,
Fair both in face and in figure,
            O Hymenæus!

For there was never another
Virgin in loveliness like her,
By Aphrodite so honored,
            O Hymenæus!

O happy bridegroom, the wedding
Comes to the point of completion;
Thou hast the maid of thy choosing,
            O Hymenæus!

See how a paleness suffuses
Soft o’er her exquisite features,
Passion's benign premonition,
            O Hymenæus!

Go to the couch unreluctant,
Rejoicing and sweet to the bridegroom;
He in his turn is rejoicing,
            O Hymenæus!

May Hesperus lead thee, and Hera,
She whom to-night that ye honor,
Silver-throned Goddess of marriage,
            O Hymenæus!

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