To Hades


Fair Muses, begin to sing of Hades, quiet Lord of the Underworld, kindly
Host of Many. Gracious one, you provide wealth and bounty. The riches of the earth and the keeping of mortal souls are among your domain. Well-guarded is your kingdom, that only spirits of the departed may enter upon their last journey and but a few gods. Together with Persephone, Fair Queen, you preside over your melancholy realm.

Hail to you, Hades, ruler of earth’s bounty and keeper of souls! I will
remember you and another song as well.

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