Today's Beautiful Gem: `The Earth, Mother of All' by Homer,
translated by Hugh Evelyn-White.

"I will sing of well-founded Earth, mother of all, eldest of all
beings. She feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that
go upon the goodly land, and all that are in the paths of the
seas, and all that fly: all these are fed of her store. Through
you, O queen, men are blessed in their children and blessed in
their harvests, and to you it belongs to give means of life to
mortal men and to take it away. Happy is the man whom you delight
to honour! He has all the things abundantly: his fruitful land is
laden with corn, his pastures are covered with cattle, and his
house is filled with good things. Such men rule orderly in their
cities of fair women: great riches and wealth follow them: their
sons exult with everfresh delight, and their daughters with flower-
laden hands play and skip merrily over the soft flowers of the
field. Thus it is with those whom you honour O holy goddess,
bountiful spirit.

"Hail, Mother of the gods, wife of starry Heaven: freely bestow
upon me for this my song substance that cheers the heart! And
now I will remember you and another song also."

Note: The `Earth Day' falls this week.

om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao