Hades

Great-hearted Hades, lord of the afterworld,
noble husband of gracious Persephone,
daughter of the earth who shares your golden throne;
advocate of the dead whose wrath falls on those
who deny them due burial, or whose dishonor
endures beyond the grave. Relentless Hades,
agent of vengeance, friend of the Furies, long is
your arm, long your memory. Lord of riches,
lord of wealth, yours is the abundance of the depths,
the cold, unyielding treasure of metal and stone;
yours is the black dirt turned by the plow each spring,
the sun-warmed soil that hides the seed. Hades, dark-haired
son of Kronos, ruler of the world beyond us,
inevitable host of men and women,
I thank you for your care of those who have passed;
I praise you, I honor you, I revere your name.

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