Pagan Hymn to Hades

August 23rd, 2009

Hades on a red figure vase, c. 400 BCE.It has been a while since I posted the last Orphic-style hymn my wife, Rev. Lady Bella Sundancer, wrote. She has graciously given me permission to post another one, this time to Lord Hades, God of the Underworld.

Hymn to Hades

Hail Hades Lord of Death
All the Lords are with thee
From the deep dark depths of your realm
You come charging forth like a bat out of hell
Time is of no essence to you
Light and Darkness are trinkets only
You favour the Plutocrat with wealth
The sparkling gems of your generosity
Shimmer in the vastness of earth
Your realm is torture for some, peace for others
Souls in endless streams board the ferry
And cross into the vast arms of your care
You are the ever jovial collector
Souls, wealth, life, death, it all comes back to you
Your ever-silent Queen is ever-faithful
By your side she is a surprising counterpart
The blood red pomegranate of death you serve with zest
No one can resist its lure, at best
Refuse it for a time
You are the beginning you are the end
Lord of Alpha and Omega
We sing your praise oh Lord
In hopes of a comfortable passing

—Rev. Lady Bella Sundancer

2 Responses to “Pagan Hymn to Hades”

  1. Finneces Says:

    That’s a lovely hymn. Personally I prefer Ploutos, an earlier, more agrarian, form of Hades.

  2. Riegan Says:


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