Hymn to Nefertem

To Nefertem who is beautiful, I offer my praise.
O god who bears the lotus, who was born of the blossom,
who arose from ancient waters in the time before time,
who rises again with each new day, I honor you.
Nefertem of the flowers, lily of the sun,
child of Ptah who put all things in their places,
child of Sekhmet who is great of healing,
I thank you for your many gifts, the blessings you provide.
Yours is the beauty within all things: I pray to you, O god.
Yours is the garden, sweet with scent: I pray to you, O god.
Yours is the fragrance of perfume: I pray to you, O god.
Yours is the essence of herb and spice: I pray to you, O god.
O god who we know with each day’s dawning,
whose might we see in the brightening light,
O Nefertem who is beautiful, I pray to you this day.

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