Translated by Catherine Proppe, August 20, 2015
53. Ἀμφιετοῦς, θυμίαμα πάντα πλὴν λιβάνου καὶ σπένδε γάλα.
To Amphietous (of Dionysos)
Divine connection: All except libanon (frankincense) and sponde (libations) of milk
Ἀμφιετῆ καλέω Βάκχον, χθόνιον Διόνυσον,
In every direction in every year we call on Bacchians, earthly Dionysians
ἐγρόμενον κούραις ἅμα νύμφαις εὐπλοκάμοισιν,
Awaken, children, as one with fair-haired Nymphs
ὃς παρὰ Περσεφόνης ἱεροῖσι δόμοισιν ἰαύων
Who nearby Persephone’s sacred home slumber
κοιμίζει τριετῆρα χρόνον, Βακχήιον ἁγνόν.
Put to sleep triennially in time, Bacchians pure.
αὐτὸς δ' ἡνίκα τὸν τριετῆ πάλι κῶμον ἐγείρηι,
Only when triennially all who sleep awaken
εἰς ὕμνον τρέπεται σὺν ἐυζώνοισι τιθήναις
To hymns, turning with fair-girdled nurses
εὐνάζων κινῶν τε χρόνους ἐνὶ κυκλάσιν ὥραις.
Lulled to sleep with motion in time in the cycling Horai.
ἀλλά, μάκαρ, χλοόκαρπε, κερασφόρε, κάρπιμε Βάκχε,
Now, blessed green fruit, horn-borne fruit of Bacchos,
βαῖν' ἐπὶ πάνθειον τελετὴν γανόωντι προσώπωι
Dance upon the pantheon, made perfect, with rejoicing faces
εὐιέροις καρποῖσι τελεσσιγόνοισι βρυάζων.
Holy fruits, perfect offspring, emerge.
 Bacchians are those inspired by Bacchos, the immortal God of wine.
 Dionysos is another name for Bacchos.
 Nymphs are beautiful young Goddesses who prevail over a particular location in nature, often fresh water springs, grottoes, and woodlands.
 Persephone is the immortal Goddess of new life in Springtime and the afterlife.
 Triennially may refer to the three annual feasts of Bacchos/Dionysos:
-The Lenaea, during the month of Gamelion (January-February), dramatic contests in tragedy and comedy
-The Anthesteria, during the month of Anthesterion (February-March), opening of the wine casks, honoring the deceased
-The Great Dionysia, during the month of Elaphebolion (March-April), dramatic contests in tragedy and comedy
 The Horai are the immortal Goddesses of the Seasons, the Hours, the natural time for things to occur.
 The “horn” may refer to drinking horns used as goblets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_horn