In honor of Helios on this His day, I post this rather unique pic of Him, along with His Orphic Hymn.
TO THE SUN [HELIOS]
The Fumigation from Frankinsence and Manna.
Hear golden Titan, whose eternal eye
with broad survey, illumines all the sky.
Self-born, unwearied in diffusing light,
and to all eyes the mirrour of delight:
Lord of the seasons, with thy fiery car
and leaping coursers, beaming light from far:
With thy right hand the source of morning light,
and with thy left the father of the night.
Agile and vig’rous, venerable Sun,
fiery and bright around the heav’ns you run.
Foe to the wicked, but the good man’s guide,
o’er all his steps propitious you preside:
With various sounding, golden lyre, ’tis thine
to fill the world with harmony divine.
Father of ages, guide of prosp’rous deeds,
the world’s commander, borne by lucid steeds,
Immortal Jove [Zeus], all-searching, bearing light,
source of existence, pure and fiery bright
Bearer of fruit, almighty lord of years,
agil and warm, whom ev’ry pow’r reveres.
Great eye of Nature and the starry skies,
doom’d with immortal flames to set and rise
Dispensing justice, lover of the stream,
the world’s great despot, and o’er all supreme.
Faithful defender, and the eye of right,
of steeds the ruler, and of life the light:
With sounding whip four fiery steeds you guide,
when in the car of day you glorious ride.
Propitious on these mystic labours shine,
and bless thy suppliants with a life divine.