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Litany to Zeus

Zeus unparalleled, king of the deathless gods,
who strides the halls of Olympos, who sits enthroned,
greatest among the mighty one Zeus of the strong will
and the swift strike whose firm hand guides the path of men:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Lightning-wielding Zeus, master of the sudden storm,
at whose whim the winds rise up, the warm spring showers,
the earth receives your gift and becomes fruitful.
Zeus of the thunderbolt, Zeus the rain-giver:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Far-seeing Zeus, friend of the Fates, whose words were shared
with men at Dodona and at Didyma, and
at shrines throughout the world. Zeus who hands each one
their lot, author of chance, father of fortune:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Kindly Zeus, who hears the voices of the troubled,
the entreaties of the poor and the desolate,
gracious Zeus who receives the offerings of all,
who approach, merciful Zeus whose wrath may be appeased:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Benevolent Zeus, protector of the traveler,
defender of the stranger, whose righteous wrath falls
on those who prey upon the lost and the alone,
whose favor falls on the good and generous host:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Honorable Zeus who supports the works of men,
who guards the larder of the householder,
who watches over home and family, town and nation,
who upholds the speech of the assembled crowd:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Zeus of the law, Zeus of the righteous, Zeus of the just,
of courts and of councils, advisor of kings,
who guides the work of the lawmaker, of the judge,
of those who bring peace and order to the land,
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Zeus, to whom the oath is sacred above all things,
who hears each vow we make and holds us to our word,
whose anger falls on those who break those bonds,
who rewards the upright and the honorable:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Zeus the vengeful, whose fiery bolt comes down upon
the evil-doer, friend of the weak, friend of the wronged,
scourge of the villain, the scoundrel, the brute and the fiend,
Zeus who punishes the guilty as they deserve
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

Zeus who keeps away all ill, who wards off the harmful,
the baneful, the base; Zeus whose goodness and might
preserve the city, hold safe the home, bar the gates
against any foe, keep sorrow and woe at bay:
I praise and honor you, I thank you for your blessings.

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.

Zeus

Mighty Zeus, Father Zeus, friend of the traveler,
friend of the stranger, friend of the householder.
Wielder of lightning, driver of storms, master
of the hard-flung rains that bring life to the earth.
Of brothers three the youngest, your father’s might
you overthrew with cunning wit, his throne you took,
his world you made your own. Kindly Zeus, watchful Zeus,
your wrath falls on the oathbreaker, the wrongdoer,
the one without honor who preys on his fellows;
likewise, your blessings are on the one who does right,
whose word is good, whose hand is open, whose welcome
is warm, whose integrity is a certainty.
Great Zeus, father of gods, lord of fair Olympos,
wise one, contriving one, maintainer of order,
from the deep earth you rose, in the bright sky you reign.
Zeus of many names, friend of the Fates, I praise you!

Zeus

Father Zeus, protector of travellers,
kind-hearted friend of those alone
in new places, of strangers and wanderers;
guardian of the community,
upholder of the kindest customs,
watchful patron of hospitality,
I honor you. Zeus, ever-present witness
of oaths made with good faith or without,
with care or in haste, all are sacred,
all must be fulfilled, all are known to you.
Zeus, wielder of lightning, master of storms,
far-seeing, far-roaming god, I praise you.