Hades

Hades, great lord of subterranea,
lord of the afterworld, lord of the dead,
dweller in shadows, kind host of those dear ones
who have passed from our lives, those we long for,
those whose love and life we celebrate,
whose loss we feel in our blood, our bones:
mighty Hades, child of the Titans,
brother to Zeus and to Poseidon–
who among you divided all the realms–
husband of shining Persephone,
holder of all wealth beneath the earth,
of precious gems, of gleaming gold and silver,
I honor you, and thank you for your gifts,
your hospitality, your goodness to those
who–once among us–live now with you,
in your splendid halls. All praise to Hades.

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