Hymn of the Vestal Virgins – Summer Term 1917

O Vesta. Goddess most adored!
Now grant thy grace on us outpoured
May give us power and strength to ward
From Rome those evils which reward
Neglect of thy most precious fire.
Thou child of Saturn and of Rhea,
Protect us from the Fates’ dread ire!
For when at length AEneas, dear
To Venus, safely landed here,
At once to thee he raised this pile.
So therefore, Goddess, show thy smile
Upon a town which all this while
Has honoured thee through every trial.
Reveal thy smile, reveal thy smile,
And succour us in every trial.