Hymn to Cotytto (#2)

by

Mark Andrew Holmes

(adapted from "The Female Congress, or, The temple of Cotytto", a 1779 poem by Irish poet William Preston)



Hail, Dionysus! Dionysus! planter of the vine;

and hail, Cotytto, from your mystic shrine;

all hail, Cotytto, empress of the night,

with Dionysus come attend your mystic rite.

Come, fill, possess, and animate each dame,

Free us from all chastity, and all shame.

Come, mighty queen, to possess your devotees, haste,

and bid the future emulate the past.

Our glorious thirst can be by no vulgar pleasures slaked.

Our joys from defiance their very being take.

Behold, we offer at your mystic shrine,

what holds us down and back, human and divine;

Preacher, parent, scorned--the God of Abraham defied;

the two-thousand-year-old Jewish zombie that died.

All hail, Cotytto! hail in mystic song,

Oh, bring us wine, and lift our people long and long.

All hail, Cotytto, empress of the night,

with Dionysus come attend your mystic rite.



(2016)



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