HYMNS TO ISIS FROM THE PHILÆ TEMPLE

From “Hymns to Isis in Her Temple at Philae” by Louis Žabkar

I raise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus, the Mighty Bull, protector of his father, who causes the rebels to fall. Praise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus, Min-Horus, the hero who smites his enemy, and makes a massacre thereby. Praise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus, Khonsu-the-powerful, the royal child of the Lord of Eternity, Lord of Nubia, ruler of the foreign lands. Praise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus, the Mighty Bull, who establishes the temples of the Ennead, and fashions every divine image. Praise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods. You are the divine mother of Horus, the Mighty Bull who protects Egypt, Lord of the Nome, forever. Praise to you Isis-Hathor, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress of Abaton, Queen of the gods.

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II raise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Royal Spouse of Onnophris, the supreme overseer of the Golden Ones in the temples, the eldest son, first(born) of Geb. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Royal Spouse of Onnophris, the Bull, the Lion who overthrows all his enemies, the Lord and ruler of Eternity. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Elect One of Onnophris, the perfect youth who performs slaughter among the disaffected of the Two Lands. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Royal Spouse of Onnophris, one who protects her brother and watches over the weary-of-heart. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. You are the First Royal Spouse of Onnophris, the Eternal One rejuvenating himself, who raised up Eternity: You are with him at Biggeh. Praise to you, Isis, the Great One, God's mother, Lady of Heaven, Mistress and Queen of the gods. III Isis, the Great, God's mother, Lady of Philae, God's Wife, God's Adorer, and God's Hand, God's mother and Great Royal Spouse, adornment and Lady of the Ornaments of the Palace. Lady and desire of the green fields, nursling who fills the palace with her beauty, fragrance of the palace, mistress of joy who completes her course in the Divine Place. To Rain-cloud that makes green the fields when it descends, Maiden, sweet of love, Lady of Upper and Lower Egypt, who issues orders among the divine Ennead, according to whose command one rules. Princess, great of praise, lady of charm, whose face enjoys the trickling of fresh myrrh.

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IV sis, giver of life, residing in the Sacred Mound, Satis, Lady of Biggeh: She is the one who pours out the Inundation that makes all people live and green plants grow, who provides divine offerings for the gods, and invocation-offerings for the Transfigured Ones. Because she is the Lady of Heaven, Her man is the Lord of the Netherworld, Her son is the Lord of the Land; Her man is the pure water, rejuvenating himself at Biggeh at his time. (Indeed), She is the Lady of Heaven, Earth, and the Netherworld, having brought them into existence through what her heart conceived and her hands created, She is the "Bai" that is in every city, watching over her son Horus and Her brother Osiris.

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V he King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Usikare-meramun, adores his mother Isis, Lady of Heaven: May she come to her House to join her Image, Her radiance inundating the faces, like (the radiance of) Rê when he shows himself in the morning. The female Horus, beloved of the Great Horus, Mother of Horus, created by Atum, great Royal Spouse, united with Rê, who protects her brother Osiris. Who took possession of the Two Lands, ruler of gods and goddesses; who attacks the powerful ones, mightier than the mighty, stronger than the strong; who smites millions (by) cutting off (their) heads," Great of massacre against her Enemy. Mistress of flame who assaults the rebels, who slays Apopis in an instant, uraeus of Rê, the Coiled One upon his head, who gives orders in the barque of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt. O Isis, the Great, God's mother, Lady of Philae, Mother of Horus, daughter of Rê, beloved of his very heart, Lady of her appearances in the Sacred Tent, Worshipped in (her) sanctuaries: make enduring the years of the Son of Rê, Lord of the Crowns, Ptolemy, established like the Falcon upon the Serekh, may he gloriously appear as the King of Upper and Lower Egypt upon the throne of Horus, eternally, like Rê.

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V-b iver of life, Lady of the Sacred Mound, Lady and Mistress of Philae, august and mighty one, Lady of the southern lands; Sakhmet, the fiery one, who destroys the enemies of her brother, (those) disaffected of heart, the enemies of Horakhti; princess, Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt, mighty one, foremost of the goddesses; ruler in Heaven, queen on earth, sun-goddess in the circuit of the sun-disc; Mistress of battle, Monthu of combat, one to whom one cries out on the day of encounter; mighty protectress without her equal, who saves all those she loves on the battlefield; whatever comes forth from her mouth is accomplished immediately, all the gods are under her command; great of magic when she is in the palace, great one upon whose command the King gloriously appears on the throne. VI he King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Lord of the Two Lands, Usikaremeramun, adores his mother Isis, the Lady-Wosret: Come to the Palace, you who make gods and men live, ye to whose Ka Heb stretches himself up, whom Rê has raised upon his head, who shines as the Diadem on his forehead. You are the one who rises and dispels darkness, shining when traversing the primeval ocean, the Brilliant One in the (celestial) waters traveling in the barque of Rê. Horus of the East presents to you the Great Oblation, and the Seat that is in Heliopolis is in festivity; offerings are made to you in Heliopolis on the Feast of the Sixth day, glorious are the great feasts when many festivals are celebrated for you with rich offerings at Biggeh, forever for your Ka, everlastingly. Rest in the great, august Palace; come to the Palace of the Feasts at the time

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of solemn offerings; O Golden One, Rê, the possessor of the Two Lands, will never be far (from) you, so that the Noble One may circle the realm of the dead in the company of her brother Osiris. (O Isis), protect the Son of Rê, Ptolemy, the Distinguished-One His Majesty (is) Horus upon the throne of the Child, Forever and ever. VII he King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Usikare-meramun, Son of Rê, Ptolemy, has come before you, O Isis, the Great, God's mother, bringing you the sistra to pacify you with them. I play the sistra before your beautiful face, Isis, Giver of Life, residing in the Sacred Mound, eye of Rê who has no equal in Heaven and on earth. Great of love, mistress of women who fills Heaven and earth with her beauty, divine mother of Kamutef, great Royal Spouse of Onnophris. the August One, Great Lady in the Hall of the Prince, the Mighty One in the Mansion of the sacred bn bn stone, one who moves freely in the barque of millions, who governs the divine barque. Great goddess in Hikuptah (Memphis), Mistress of Ta-ankh, ruler in Thebes and Lady of Ishru, great of manifestations in Bigeh: great goddess preeminent in Upper Egypt, Mistress of Lower Egypt, may your beautiful face be gracious to your son Horus, Ptolemy. Hail, Lady, daughter of Menhyt, Lady of Buto, Lady of Pe, Mistress of Dep, with tall White Crown in El-Kab, Lady of the Sacred Mound, Mistress of Philae, to you belongs Imu, you who are exalted in Sais, Neith, Lady of inebriation in (the season of) the fresh inundation waters, jubilation in Pe, rejuvenation in Dep: protect the Son of Rê, Ptolemy, forever.

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VIII ail to you, Isis, Great of magical power, the eldest in the womb of her mother, Nut, mighty in Heaven before Rê. Adoration to you in the night-barque, jubilation to you in the day-barque, You who gave birth to all the gods. Son of Rê, Ptolemy, has come before you, Lady of Life, on this day on which you have gloriously appeared, to tie onto you the Uraeus-Diadem, to fasten onto you the Mighty One, Usikarê-meramun, your son Horus. May your Ka be in peace, O Lady of life, on this day on which you have gloriously appeared, You whom the gods have propitiated after (her) rage. O beloved of Rê who are in his barque, repelling Apopis with the effectiveness of your utterance, behold, Ptolemy has come before you, that, purified, he may adore your beauty. The evils of the past year that had adhered to him have been driven off, his evils of this year they are done away with, his back is turned to them; he has presented propitiatory offerings on account of them, and his face is turned to the Lady: how welcome are you again. He has not done anything abominable toward the god of his town, he has not committed any evil; nothing will be counted against him among the assessors and the scribes of the Two Lands, those who inflict injuries as yearly share, who drive and haul the herds to the god's slaughtering-block. He is protected from this year, from its inimical spells, which accompany (it). In peace, in peace, O Happy New Year, he will fully satisfy your Ka with offerings, (O Isis). His face is (permeated) with Life.

Hymn of Isidorus to Isis-Hermuthis (Not from Philae; from the temple of Isis Hermouthis ) iver of wealth, Queen of the Gods, Hermouthis, Sovereign Lady ruler of all. O Good Fortune, Isis of great name, Deo (Demeter) most high, Discoverer of all life; manifold works were your concern so that you might give sustenance to mankind and good rule to all; and you laid down the laws that justice might exist, and you gave skills that life might be becoming, and you discovered the flowery nature of all fruits. Because of you heaven and the whole earth were established, and the blasts of the winds and the sweet-shining sun. Through your power all the courses of the Nile are filled in the early autumn season, and most vehement waters are poured over the entire land, that the produce may grow unfailingly. All mortals who live on the boundless earth, Thracians, Hellenes, and all that are barbarians, call you by your beautiful name, greatly honored among all, each in his own tongue, each in his own land. The Syrians call you Astarte, Artemis, Anaia, and the Lycian tribes call you Leto, the Sovereign, the Thracians call you also Mother of the gods; the Hellenes call you Hera of the Great Throne and Aphrodite, and good Hestia and Rhea and Demeter; But the Egyptians call you Thiouis (“the only One”), because you alone are all other goddesses named by the races of men. Mistress, I shall not cease your great power to sing, immortal Saviour, of many names, Isis most great, You who save from war cities and all their citizens, men, (their) wives, possessions, and dear children. All who are held in prison, destined to die, and all who are troubled by long painful sleeplessness, and all men wandering in a foreign land, and all those who sail the sea in great storm, when men perish and ships are destroyed: all these are saved when they invoke your presence. Hear my prayers, you, whose name has great power, be merciful to me, relieve me from all pain.

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