“Pallas Athena, goddess of learning and strength,
We come to you to worship you, dread goddess.
Bless us we pray; give us wisdom.
Be with us always, Blessed goddess, hear!
Sanctify our lanterns now, to shine forever clearly,
Lighting the way, making bright the dark.”
Now that’s a great hymn! Apparently they also have a tradition of leaving offerings at Her statue – may She bless and reward them.
And on a semi-related note, it appears that somebody has recently decided to e-publish a reprint edition of To the Gods of Hellas: Lyrics of the Greek Games at Barnard College (Helen Erskine, editor – originally published in the 1920s). Google it or check with your favorite online book seller – it’s well worth having!