To Zeus

I call to great Zeus, father of the deathless gods,
ruler of bright Olympos, master of storms,
child of mighty Kronos and deep-hearted Rhea,
consort of blessed Hera of the splendid eyes.
Ancient Zeus, honored in Crete so long ago
and well known in high-reaching Arcadia,
all-knowing Zeus of Dodona and Didyma
whose wisdom was granted to seekers of old,
Zeus of the broad sky, Zeus of the marketplace,
Zeus of the householder, Zeus of the city.
Protector of the just, avenger of the wronged,
friend of the stranger and of the traveler,
friend of the guest and the generous host.
Zeus whose eye is ever on the world, whose hand
is ever in our lives, great Zeus, I call to you.


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