Hymn to Gaia​/​Children of Gaia

by Half Pagan

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For Earth Day, we offer up this humble gift. We are mere vessels, for the opening hymn comes from ancient Greece, in a new translation by Dr. Homan which aims to be faithful to the original text. The song that follows was originally written by Dark Sermon, an extremely heavy band from Tampa, Florida, and was released on their seminal 2015 album, The Oracle.

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HOMERIC HYMN TO GAIA

To Gaia, the mother of all, I sing.
Primeval
Oldest Creation
She nourishes everything on earth,
all that go on land, and all that swim through the sea,
and all that fly, These are all nourished from your bliss.
Through you, O queen, humans are blessed both with children and harvests.
You have the power to give life to humans, as well as to take life away.

Blessed are those whom you delight to honor
They possess everything in abundance.
Life bearing fields providing crops, Pastures filled with livestock.
Houses full of goodness.
Men look after cities with beautiful ladies
Much happiness and riches follow.
Their budding sons spread cheer, their daughters play and dance down towards soft grass.
Such is it for those you honor.
Revered goddess, unrivaled deity, Rejoice O mother of the gods.

Wife of twinkling Uranos,
for this song, provide me with a cheerful heart.
And now I will honor your memory with another song...

CHILDREN OF GAIA

Children of Gaia, mired in obfuscation

Will the veil ever be lifted?
Or will we continue to search in the dark?
We meet the truth we’ve been gifted
With a skeptic’s eye and a cynical heart

Who are we but the children of Gaia?
Who are we but the sons and daughters of life?

Make right our minds, make clear the path (Who are we, who are we?)
That we may see our final task (Who are we, who are we?)
Who are we but the children of Gaia?
Who are we?

We, the children of Gaia, surrender to the divine
We must steady our hands and open our ears to end the divide

What is this gospel that you preach?
Who fed you lies?
Who fed you the lies that you teach?

The word not obscured as you claim
The intent not absurd as you feign
You wear the coat that bears the stain
Yet you know truth, speak not its name

Make right our minds, make clear the path (Who are we, who are we?)
That we may see our final task (Who are we, who are we?)
We, the children of Gaia, surrender to the divine
We must steady our hands and open our ears to end the divide

End the divide

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released April 22, 2018
Homeric hymn to Gaia/Lyrics and music by Dark Sermon

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We're a rock duo based in New Orleans. Sometimes we do songs about cemetery picnics or the mythology of ancient Babylon. We're Half Pagan.

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