Neptune (mythology)

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For the planet, see Neptune.

Neptune (Latin: Neptūnus [nɛpˈtuːnʊs]) is the god of freshwater and the sea in Roman religion. He is the counterpart of the Greek god Poseidon. In the Greek-influenced tradition, Neptune is the brother of Jupiter and Pluto; the brothers preside over the realms of Heaven, the earthly world, and the Underworld.


  • Now Neptune's sullen month appears,
    The angry night cloud swells with tears,
    And savage storms infuriate driven,
    Fly howling in the face of heaven!
    Now, now, my friends, the gathering gloom
    With roseate rays of wine illume:
    And while our wreaths of parsley spread
    Their fadeless foliage round our head,
    We'll hymn th' almighty power of wine,
    And shed libations on his shrine!

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