Hymn to Hades I

Rebecca Buchanan

Scepter-Bearer of the Underworld
the playful fields of Elysium
the deep-shadowed pits of Tartaros
Husband of the Spring Maid
Grain Daughter
Flower Weaver
Who holds the keys of death and rebirth
Who guards the treasures of the Earth
gold and gems and stones of fire
Enthroned beneath the roots of mountains
the river Memory on your right
the river Forgetting on your left

Invisible Lord
you offer me a cup from each

— which shall I drink?

(after Orphic Hymn XVIII To Pluto)


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