Περσεφόνη, θύγατερ μεγάλου Διός, ἐλθέ, μάκαιρα,
Persephone, daughter of mighty Dios, come, blessed one,
μουνογένεια θεά, κεχαρισμένα δ' ἱερὰ δέξαι,
Sole offspring of the Goddess, charismatic holy right hand,
Πλούτωνος πολύτιμε δάμαρ, κεδνή, βιοδῶτι,
Pluto’s much honored dame, cherished life-giver
ἣ κατέχεις Ἀίδαο πύλας ὑπὸ κεύθεα γαίης,
Held fast by Aidao’s gates below in the depths of Gaia
Πραξιδίκη, ἐρατοπλόκαμε, Δηοῦς θάλος ἁγνόν,
Praxidike, lovely-tressed Deeous' daughter pure,
Εὐμενίδων γενέτειρα, ὑποχθονίων βασίλεια,
Eumenides’ parent, under-earth Basileia,
ἣν Ζεὺς ἀρρήτοισι γοναῖς τεκνώσατο κούρην,
Zeus’ secret offspring begotten daughter bride
μῆτερ ἐριβρεμέτου πολυμόρφου Εὐβουλῆος,
Mother of loud-thundering many shaped Euboulos,
Ὡρῶν συμπαίκτειρα, φαεσφόρε, ἀγλαόμορφε,
The Hours’ playful light-bearing glorious form,
σεμνή, παντοκράτειρα, κόρη καρποῖσι βρύουσα,
Solemn all-ruler, Daughter fruitful to bursting,
εὐφεγγής, κερόεσσα, μόνη θνητοῖσι ποθεινή,
Bright-shining, horned-essence, alone mortals long for,
ἐαρινή, λειμωνιάσιν χαίρουσα πνοῆισιν,
Spring meadow-dwelling rejoicing breeze
ἱερὸν ἐκφαίνουσα δέμας βλαστοῖς χλοοκάρποις,
Holy emerging light’s essence embodied in buds and green fruits
ἁρπαγιμαῖα λέχη μετοπωρινὰ νυμφευθεῖσα,
Snatched from the midwife’s bed in late autumn nymph divine
ζωὴ καὶ θάνατος μούνη θνητοῖς πολυμόχθοις,
Life and Death, lonely mortals’ many hardships
Φερσεφόνεια· φέρβεις γὰρ ἀεὶ καὶ πάντα φονεύεις.
Phersephone life-givng eternal and all slaying
κλῦθι, μάκαιρα θεά, καρποὺς δ' ἀνάπεμπ' ἀπὸ γαίης
I call blessed Goddess, send up fruit upon Gaia
εἰρήνηι θάλλουσα καὶ ἠπιοχείρωι ὑγείαι
Let Eirene bloom and soothing-hands of Hygeia,
καὶ βίωι εὐόλβωι λιπαρὸν γῆρας κατάγοντι
And let lives whole-lived richly to old age for generations
πρὸς σὸν χῶρον, ἄνασσα, καὶ εὐδύνατον Πλούτωνα.
Before this chorus, Anassa, and good-powerful Plouton.
 Persephone, also called Phersephone, is the immortal Goddess of the afterlife and new life in Spring. Persephone means “all around (Περ) + synchronized (σε) + blood-letting (φόνη).” This may suggest that Persephone is invoked as a Goddess of battle, however, she is more often described as the personification of the divine Mother/Daughter relationship and the death and renewal of life. The “blood-letting” may refer to menstruation instead of or in addition to the connotation of slaying.
 Dios refers to Zeus, the immortal God of lightning storms and the spark of fire/spark of life.
 Aidao is the afterlife.
 Gaia is the immortal Goddess of generative earth.
 Praxidike is the immortal Goddess who exacts justice: the practitioner (Πραξι) of Justice/Dike (δίκη).
 Deeous is Demeter, the immortal Goddess who directs the growth of the life on earth, the “Directing (Δη) + Mother (μήτερος).”
 The Eumenides, “Good Powers,” is another name for the Goddesses who avenge crimes and persecute wrongdoers.
 Basileia means Queen, ruler.
 Euboulos means “Good Counselor,” and is another name for the immortal God of wine and its effects, Dionysos. Some traditions relate that Persephone was Dionysos-Zagreos’ first mother (by Zeus) and that he was “torn to bits” and then given by Zeus to his mortal mother, Semele, in a drink, who was made pregnant. Semele subsequently was incinerated by Zeus’ divine fire. Zeus then sewed Dionysos into his own thigh to complete gestation.
 The Hours are the immortal Goddesses of the seasons, of the natural time for things to occur.
 Phersephone literally means bearing (Φερσε) + bloodshed (φόνεια). This may refer to her role as a Goddess of the afterlife and perhaps could refer to menstruation as well.
 Eirene is the immortal Goddess of peace.
 Hygeia is the immortal Goddess of health.
 Anassa means Queen, lady.
 Plouton is the immortal God of the afterlife and wealth.