Mysteries of Orpheus 2

Soul Ladder

To the left of the house of Hades
under a graceful white cypress
a well offers spring water.
Don’t drink there.

Find the well by the lake of memory.
Guardians protect the cold water.
Tell them:

I am a child of earth
and of starry heaven
but my race is of heaven

This you know.
I am parched
and perishing.

Give me cold water
from the lake of memory.

They will give you water
from the sacred spring
and you will live
a lord among heroes.